Tuesday Photo Challenge – Exotic Birds

There are two unusual visitors at Laguna Lake by our home. The first time I saw them was in January, then in June and one other time in 2017. They looked like exotic birds. Eventually, I found out that they are Egyptian Geese. The Egyptian goose is a member of Anatidae, the biological family of birds that includes the duck, goose, and swan. It is native to Africa, south of the Sahara and the Nile Valley. Egyptian geese were considered sacred by the Ancient Egyptians and appeared in much of their artwork. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_goose

They are not regular residents of Laguna Lake. I have seen them only three times. Do they have a regular home? It is a mystery about these exotic Egyptian geese!

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Frank’s Durch Foes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Exotic Birds


Tuesday Photo Challenge – Bird

My dear friends,

Just want to let you know that I dropped my laptop and messed up the wires, the screen is cracked, and the snaps are off. The pointer goes wild and is uncontrollable. Right now my laptop is flipped open, but I can’t close it without cracking it further. I’m in Portland, Oregon and will be going back to southern California on Saturday, October 21. I’ll wait to have it fixed or get a new laptop. I don’t know how to carry my laptop on the plane. If I’m lack of communication with you, please blame my computer!!!

I’m not able to search my archives for bird photos. It is with great effort that I use steady hands to find one seagulls photo from our trip to Key West. There are other bird photos, but won’t be able to post them.


Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Bird

No Sharing Territory

Territory bird 1

The birds love to come to the feeding in my backyard. The faithful pair of Mourning Dove comes daily for morning and evening feeding. The beautiful American Robins are also frequent visitors. All of them are usually good in sharing. Once in in while, there is a third Mourning Dove wants to come for a share. The male Mourning Dove somehow always chases him away. I wonder if he is protecting the territory of the feeding or the territory of his partner!

Territory bird 2

Territory bird 3

Territory bird 4

Daily Prompt: Territory

Oh Rain!


Heavy rain pours in the morn of two to four,

Warm air lifting the clouds dropped the temperature.

Drip drop drip drop on the roof,

Sounded like a hypnotizing sooth.

Woke up to fresh misty air,

Hastily made a visit to my garden,

Flowers dropped their heads, carrying

Water on their shoulders.

Flocks of birds flying south,

Sense the coming of winter.

Floods and puddles everywhere, yet

Pleased with the long awaited rain pours.

– Photo by Miriam Hurdle

Local Lake


Daily walk around the lake,

Mindset changed instantly.

Worry free ducks floating,

Soft birds’ chirping;

Calm water drifting,

Gentle light reflecting.

A place to strengthen the body,

Refresh the mind, renew the energy.

What a delight to have

Such a lake, locally!

–  Weekly Photo Challenge: Local

– Photo by Miriam  Hurdle