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March 21, 2012

Birds of Paradise





Red-Crested Cardinal
(Paroaria coronata)

Also known as the Brazilian Cardinal

10 comments:

  1. Oh my, they are just stunning!

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  2. Holy cow! So beautiful!

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  3. I want one!!! They're adorable and absolutely cool!

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  4. LOVE those birds! Beautiful! Do you see them often around your area?

    For the last two weeks I have noticed nothing (well almost nothing) but robins! Last year I hardly saw any and this year I feel like we have been invaded by the red-breasted birds!!! It has almost reached a creepy stage. Eek! I've only seen one cardinal (today!) and one blue jay (my favorite around here).

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  5. I have to know--did you have your camera waiting?! I saw the most beautiful Blue Jay the other day but knew that if I ran to get my camera it would be too late. Your shots are gorgeous!

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  6. Thanks for your patience, everyone. I've had a hard time keeping up with all my email this past week. Every night I tell myself I'm going to respond to all my blog comments and before I know it, it's bedtime and I'm pooped. But today is my day off (love my 3-day weekends!) and I've just finished running 12 (TWELVE!!) errands and I'm rewarding myself with a tall, cool glass of club soda and POM juice (it's 84 degrees outside!). Then I plan to head out to the porch to read my current mystery/thriller. But first, a few responses. Pardon the group reply...

    Yes, this little bird is adorable/gorgeous/stunning/beautiful. I wish we had them on the "mainland," but they seem to hang out in the tropics. Guess I should move to Hawaii, eh? ;)

    Joy, we had a ton of robins a month or so ago. Now all the regular spring/summer birds seem to be out and about. We've seen cardinals, chickadees, nuthatches, goldfinches, sparrows, blue jays, etc. at our feeders. No hummingbirds. Yet. This is the craziest spring. Everything (birds and plants/flowers) is super, super early. Wonder what that means for the temps this summer. Did I mention it's 84?! Today's record high is 79, so I guess we beat that.

    Trish, thanks for your nice comment. I did have my camera out, as I was shooting pictures of the storm. This little guy (in the 4th picture) landed on the balcony railing and almost hopped onto my head. He was very friendly! The other pictures were taken in Hanalei at the coffee shop. We were having breakfast and the cardinals kept flitting about, landing on the railing. I really didn't have to sneak a shot. They weren't the least bit afraid of people or cameras. Kind of the tropical version of pigeons, I suppose.

    Off to enjoy my porch!

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  7. If there's one thing I love as much as your book posts, and the quotes you have in your sidebar, and the handwritten letters you've sent me, it's your photographs! They are always exquisite in detail and composition, and one of my favorite things about your blog. I've missed you dear Lesley, and I'm glad we can pick up where I left off.

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  8. Bellezza - You are so sweet. Thank you for such a loving comment. I'm so glad you've returned! xoxo

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