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Friday, January 28, 2011

Reflections on pond behind mystery bird


It's been many years since we spent a day at Busch Gardens in Florida while visiting friends in the Tampa Bay area, but we still don't know what kind of bird this is in the foreground of this photo. In the background, wading gulls and gulls on shore are reflected in the water. I really like the gull standing on one leg with its head tucked under its wing, because I've always had a soft spot for seagulls.

If anyone out there in Weekend Reflection Land can help us identify our mysterious brown and black bird, we would sure appreciate it. He's about the size of a crow, but quite a bit slimmer.

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21 comments:

magiceye said...

thats a beautiful capture of a lovely bird... sorry not aware of the identity.

J Bar said...

Interesting looking bird.

Sylvia K said...

I don't know what the bird is, but I do love your reflections for the day! Hope you have a great weekend, Kay! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Dimple said...

I hope someone can help you, Kay. I got out my bird book, and the closest looking bird to it is called a mangrove cuckoo. The range is right, I think, and the drawing is similar to your photo, but I wouldn't put money on my being right! Maybe Google knows!

Vernz said...

The weather is great here...I think there's no snow somewhere in this area, my friend who is in New York right now is complaining of freezing temp.

lovely sight Kay.. as always Kay you always turn ordinary -extraordinary.. thanks for the drop.

God bless you more..

Vernz

Kay L. Davies said...

@ Dimple - thanks for the suggestion. I checked out cuckoos, and he does look like one, but the coloring is off. I'll keep looking!
-- K

Pat Tillett said...

I have no idea what kind of bird it is, but it sure has nice coloring! Great photo!

Powell River Books said...

Today I took Wayne to the Vancouver Airport. In a field next to one arm of the Fraser River there was a huge flood water pond. It was absolutely jammed with gulls just sitting there. Maybe the storm had driven them inland and they were waiting for fair skies to depart. - Margy

Fran said...

Nice looking bird, can help with the ones behind if that's any help!!!!!! Have a good weekend x

RuneE said...

I can enjoy the shot of the bird, but I'm sorry that I can't identify it

Francisca said...

I like the lines of this slim, long bird... but a birder, I am not, Kay. Enjoy a fine weekend!

Mara said...

Now I was looking for a duck in your photo. Don't ask me why, I don't even know the answer!

Ebie said...

Those ducks in the background looks like they are having quite an interesting conversation.


I checked out my "cheat sheet" photos of birds, could not identify this.

Vrinda said...

Very nice capture indeed....I could see those reflection :D.

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Vrinda.

Serendipity said...

The mystery bird is lovely (and some nice reflections!)

Mr Puddy said...

Wow !!! Kay, The color of this picture is just pretty !
And those bird is just too beautiful to eat : )

Have a great weekend , Kay and Lindy
xxxx

Friko said...

No idea what it is but it is a very good photo of a very handsome bird.

biebkriebels said...

That is a nice birdie an a nice reflection!

Cildemer said...

What a strange bird!
And what a great capture too;o)

Cezar and Léia said...

So peaceful scenery there, the bird is beautiful!
Léia

Annie Fife said...

I am going to say a female Boat-Tailed Grackle,the dark eyes suggesting a mid-Atlantic type. The females look almost like an entirely different species from the males.