Sandra Vann, of Lutz, snapped a photo of this Roseate Spoonbill at Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa. Some consider the spoonbill to be a gorgeous bird, at a distance, but bizarre up-close. Spoonbills feed in shallow waters, walking forward slowly while they swing their heads from side to side, sifting the muck with their wide flat bill, detecting prey by feel.
Sharon Thompson caught this mockingbird on a roof in Country Walk, down the street from where she lives, in Wesley Chapel. A mockingbird is ‘a skillful mimic and incorporates memorized phrases as part of its song.’ The bird can have dozens of songs in its repertoire, including an imitation of a frog or cricket. In just an hour of singing time, one mockingbird reportedly imitated 55 species of birds.
One of five kittens in an alley cat’s litter, little Miss Princess is aptly named. Besides her gorgeous emerald green eyes, she is confident, serene and has a regal demeanor. Miss Princess loves to be outdoors and she reigns over all she sees. Curt Kibbe, of San Antonio, is her proud owner.
This red-shouldered hawk had been perched up on the trampoline in Kanasha Reyes’ backyard in Land O’ Lakes for a few days. Evidently, the hawk was spotting prey and ultimately was rewarded by catching a lizard.
Daisy is a rescue from Pasco County Animal Services. She is 3 ½ years old. Daisy was adopted a year ago. She was going to be destroyed, as she was not doing well, but looking into her beautiful copper eyes, her family knew where she belonged. Daisy loves to sit by the pool and to play with her stuffed animals. She is doing great and has gained 15 pounds. Daisy’s patience and love rescued her proud owner, Eileen Halczyn of Wesley Chapel.