Check out some of The Holler’s shy guys like this very skittish Yellow Breasted Chat.
Black Phoebe’s are some of my favorite birds.
They sleep under our porch roof all year and will not budge from the perch in winter. It’s too cold to move!
They are avid people watchers.
Acorn Woodpeckers are extremely shy at The Holler, and hard to capture, because they have large oak groves to select acorns from and rarely bother to visit the feeders.
They always seem to know where I am before I do!
Mockingbirds only visit the bird baths on very hot days.
This Scrub Jay is worse for wear. It looks like something, probably the Roadrunner, grabbed him by the neck.
But he got away and recovered, helped by copious quantities of Holler seeds.
Spotted Towhees are very rare Holler visitors.
And then of course we have very shy Squirrely who thinks he’s a bird.
Cheers to you from The Holler shy guys~
I love The Holler Spa! First of all, they have an all you can eat buffet which I take full advantage of!
You get to swim in the spa pools, for as long as you want!
Few things feel better than being well fed and well bathed.
I especially like soaking my tail, it needs the extra moisture.
I could also use a manicure, but they don’t offer that here, which is a significant demerit.
But, there is nothing quite like a sunny day at The Holler Spa!
Unfortunately, they let the riff-raff in, like this very pushy thrasher.
The even more really-rude-roadrunner, thinks he belongs on the owner’s table!
The snobby goldfinch is so annoying. She is over prized by the owners, only because she scarcely ever bothers to show up here!
It’s a good spa, but the management could use some improvement.
Cheers to you from The Holler spa~
They land on the windows each year,
They come to eat the hummingbirds.
I detach them gently from the glass, using envelopes.
But they always return to where they were,
and swivel their heads around to look at me.
Cheers to you from the amazing alien creatures we all are~
Swimming free in the sea,
the way they are meant to be.
There were many hundreds of Pacific white-sided dolphins in this pod, fishing cooperatively, and playing.
It is such a thrill to be amidst a massive pod of these intelligent creatures.
The ocean color differentiation you see below, is a result of the dolphins getting curious, and swimming closer to the boat to check us out.
The dolphins were joined by sea lions,
who were fishing too,
and just as curious about the humans in the boat!
Cheers to you from California’s splendidly free marine mammals~
Near Haut-Koenigsbourg in France is a castle called Kintzheim that houses only raptors.
These are bateleur eagles that I photographed in the wild in Africa and never expected to see again in France!
Of course you recognize these beauties, who I also never expected to see in France.
The castle runs a program called “La Volerie des Aigles,” which is dedicated to breeding, conserving and educating the public about vulnerable raptors. Birds are flown daily, and are an unusual sight soaring over the old towns and orderly fields of France. The castle has bred many endangered raptor species including Andean condors, and stellar, imperial and white-tailed eagles, and many other species, including vultures.
The white-headed vulture is endemic to Africa. Populations have been declining steeply in recent years due to habitat degradation and poisoning. Our planet needs vultures, they are designed to keep our world clean.
The cinereous vulture has an impressive wing-span of 10 feet. It is under serious threat. There are only an estimated 4,500-5000 of these amazing birds left in the wild.
The golden eagle is distributed across Eurasia, North America, and parts of North Africa, but has been eliminated from much of it’s prior habitats.
Harry Potter’s snowy owls are here too!
The public can visit the castle for a nominal fee which not only supports the raptor conservation program, but also provides an up close experience with these incredible birds which will, unless your heart is made of stone, cause you to become enraptured by them.
Admission also enables you to explore the quite impressive old castle ruins.
Cheers to you from Castle Kintzheim’s gorgeous and threatened raptors~