Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A Spa Visit

Over the last several days, I've been organizing and editing photos, which seems to always be an endless task, and realized I had not shared this humorous Yellow-Crowned Night Heron who visits us at our home in Anna Maria.

He stops by occasionally and has taken a liking to our spa,
sitting there for 15-20 minutes.

Guess he likes the warm water!




He always keeps his eye on me, 
making sure I keep my distance.


And I do.  
I totally respect his privacy!

Once he steps out of the spa, he spends about 5 minutes shaking and drying off.


As well as clearing the taste of the chlorine from his mouth!
Nasty stuff!



After a bit, he hops over to the side of the pool ....

 And saunters down to the dock to continue more air-drying time.
And then some bug eating time.


I like our little visitor.  
As long as he doesn't bring more guests!


(P.S. The house feels so empty now with the passing of Kramer.  Such a gentle and old soul kitty, he will always be in our hearts.  Thank you for all your wonderful comments.  It was very comforting!)

40 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

oh, these are awesome shots of your visitor! i've never been able to get this close in to one! wonderful!

Sandra said...

these are totally way out and cool and awesome and just plain fun... sorry to hear about Kramer.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

He looks quite at ease sauntering down the walkway. He's quite the handsome one.

Sylvia K said...

Awesome captures indeed, Reena!! What a fun visitor to have!! Having just lost my four-legged best friend of 16 years, I do so under4stand and empathize with your loss of Kramer!! The hurt doesn't leave quickly.
Sylvia

Brian Miller said...

wow...what amazing markings on him....he is def beautiful...and what fun too..ha

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm so sorry about your kitty...I know how hard that can be. Love these photos! Sending the link to my hubby for him to enjoy, too. We've never seen one of these! WOW!

Pat Tillett said...

First off, I'm so sorry about Kramer. I know that hurts...

Beautiful photos of your visitor! Now that is the kind of drop-in guest we all like to have.

Madi and Mom said...

Reena I'm so very sorry to read about Kramer. I remember that he was sick.
I expect you'll have little reminders of him here and there...and I hope in time you can smile with good memories of him healthy and young.
Hugs Madi and Mom

She Who Carries Camera said...

I know the silence can be deafening, but I also know how going through photo archives can suck us into oblivion! :-) What an adorable house guest...I'd have him anytime!

dinascitywildlife.com said...

So funny to see him hanging out at your place. I guess he finds it comfortable. Cute series.

Tabor said...

Losing a pet does leave a big soft hole in the day. I am fascinated by your bird. He is lovely! I wish we had such exotic and tame visitors!!! Great photos.

Saun said...

Wow, these are awesome lucky you to have a feathered friend visit your spa.

Evelyn S. said...

Wow....what a visitor! And a spa-loving visitor, at that! Love how you've captured him.

Country Girl said...

These are fabulous, Reena. Wowza!

eileeninmd said...

Now, that is one pampered Night heron. Awesome photos.

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful captures of your spa visitor!

Rambling Woods said...

Wonderful photos... Michelle

Hilary said...

What a beautiful visitor you have. Fantastic images of his spa treatment. :)

GailO said...

He is hilarious! and so handsome!

S. Etole said...

What an interesting guest.

Steve Gravano said...

Stunning portrait!

Hilary said...

I'm laughing here thinking of him bringing all his friends.

TexWisGirl said...

came back to say congrats on your POTW!! :)

Gail Dixon (La.Belle) said...

How fun to see this cool bird pampering himself. Wonderful images!

Gillian Olson said...

A beautiful bird, great series.

holdingmoments said...

That's the sort of visitor I'd love to have. A great selection of pictures Reena; really enjoyed them.

Congrats on your POTW too.

Lisa Gordon said...

He sure is one handsome fella, Reena, and your photographs of him are wonderful.

Hold onto your memories of Kramer. xo.

bon bon said...

i had to laugh at that third shot! he just needs some hottie next to him to put his wing around. ;)

wonderful captures!

Linda R said...

How funny is that. Who knew a bird would like to hang out in the Jacuzzi.. Weird.. Love your photos as always..

Hugs~

Barbara said...

How precious!!! Thank you for sharing these with us. What a character!

ladyfi said...

Wow wow and more wow! A fabulous set of shots!

Catherine said...

Gosh - that bird has a terrific 5 star accommodation!!
Our furry friends stay in our heart forever!
xo Catherine

Kathryn said...

Reena, I never get enough of your bird shots. You capture them so beautifully and I can feel the character of each jumping off the computer screen.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That's hilarious -- poor heron must need some stress relief! Adorable series.

I am sorry about your kitty.

Stacey Dawn said...

Love that fluffy bird shot - gorgeous images - congrats on the POTW.

Jennifer Richardson said...

your photography always makes me smile....and your text:)
it's your edits that wow me with their wonder....you really have a way.
thanks for sharing the magic,
Jennifer

mick said...

Great close-up photos of the heron. It must feel completely safe in your environment.

Bob Bushell said...

The first is my favourite, really cool, thanks Reena.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

He's beautiful -- I've never seen one before.

Joanna Jenkins said...

That is one handsome heron! And bigger than I'd have expected. (I've never seen one up close before.) He looked like he was really enjoying himself.

And I am so sorry about your cat. Big sigh :-(

jj