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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Delicious!

I have had prickly pear fruit ice, candy, liquor, relish and numerous other forms and have enjoyed them all so I can totally understand why all the creatures around my yard enjoy feasting on these beautiful fruit. In fact I love seeing these voluptuous, colourful fruits so I never pick them, preferring to watch the wildlife enjoy the juicy treat.


At this time of year there are a lot of animals going around with pink, sticky faces! I try to ensure that the various bird baths are kept full and fresh so that they can clean themselves up when they have finished their feast.
The House Finches just can't seem to get enough.................






The Antelope Squirrel climbs carefully around the spines and teeters precariously on the edge of the cactus pad to get to the sweet fruit.



And ends up wearing juice and fruit on face and feet!


The Thrasher with its huge curved beak really digs into the fruit and definitely ends up with a pink flush.



Umm, it tastes so good!

Nature Notes hosted by Michelle at Rambling Woods.

10 comments:

Danielle said...

That is so cool. I never in a million years would have guessed that animals would love to munch on a cactus. I love the photos you captured to share this...I love learning new things.

Diane AZ said...

Really cute pictures, the birds and squirrel sure do love that fruit!

eileeninmd said...

Cool birds and awesome photos. The birds red faces are so cute. Thanks for sharing your nature scenes.

Rambling Woods said...

I didn't know HOFI liked fruit.. Interesting and how stinking CUTE are these critters.. how much fun it must have been to watch these guys eat like a bunch of toddlers.. Thanks for putting a smile on my face today Celeste...Michelle

Celeste said...

Thanks Danielle,it is such a tasty fruit and so profuse at this time of the year that I think everyone enjoys the harvest :)
Thanks for visiting my blog.

Celeste said...

Thanks Diane, they do seem to enjoy it for sure.

Celeste said...

Thanks Eileeninmd :)

Celeste said...

Thanks Michelle, I could watch them all day but you know how that goes, never enough hours ..... :)

bailey-road.com said...

What a great series showing how important the prickly pear is as a food source!

Robert McLaughlin said...

What wonderful photos. Thank you for allowing us a glimpse of the circle of life in the desert.

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