Morning Fog Patrol

This morning it was grey, overcast, and foggy over at the marsh. Along with the usual assortment of egrets, herons, and wood storks, we also had this osprey circling above the water as it hunted for breakfast.

Ospreys are generally quite skilled at fishing but I never did see this one grab a fresh meal. The last I saw of him he was heading off toward the beach to try his luck in the ocean…

Morning Osprey Flights

Morning Osprey Flights

Morning Osprey Flights

Skimmers!

This past weekend we had a pair of black skimmers show up and start working the marsh pond.

They are amazing birds to watch and wherever you see bubbles in the water, that’s fish jumping in a panic to get away from the approaching skimmer!

Black Skimmers

Black Skimmers

Black Skimmers

Black Skimmers

Black Skimmers

Finding The Perfect Spot

Yesterday morning, Big Bubba climbed up out of the water in the marsh pond to find himself a relaxing spot for a pleasant nap in the sun.

When I see people rushing around, I often wonder if it’s indeed the animals who really know what they are doing out there…

Alligator Climbing Up On Gator Island

Alligator Climbing Up On Gator Island

Alligator Climbing Up On Gator Island

Alligator Climbing Up On Gator Island

 

“Those Little Guys Can Be Dangerous!”

Early this morning a juvenile tricolored heron just missed clipping an egret in the head with his wing as he flew by.

It can be dangerous out there in the marsh pond…even when a guy is just standing around minding his own business!

Tricolor Flies Past Egret Tricolor Flies Past Egret

Tricolor Flies Past Egret

Tricolor Flies Past Egret

Hungry Boy

This alligator feeding in the salt marsh looked hungry to me…

Alligator Feeding in the Salt Marsh

Alligator Feeding in the Salt Marsh

Getting Along OK

Two wood storks and a young alligator all quietly go about their business on a recent afternoon in the marsh pond.

The storks seemed oblivious to the alligator’s presence, and the gator totally ignored the wood storks.

It’s nice to see everyone getting on so well. :-)

Wood Storks and Alligator

Recent Flights

Here are a few flight shots from the last couple of days.

We have a tricolored heron, night heron, white ibis, and of course, “Radar”!

Tricolored Heron

Tricolored Heron

Yellow Crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

White Ibis

White Ibis

"Radar"

“Radar”

Hacking Up A “Hairball”

Or in this case…hacking up a crab. :-)

Earlier this weekend I was watching a white ibis fishing in the salt marsh during low tide. At one point the ibis bent down, opened his mouth up wide, and at first I didn’t know what he was doing. When I saw something pop out into his mouth, I quickly realized he had just hacked up a small crab that must have been stuck in his throat.

The ibis then dipped the crab into the water apparently to get it lubricated for smooth trip back down the hatch where it stayed down nicely this time!

Ibis Hacks Up A Crab

Ibis Hacks Up A Crab

Ibis Hacks Up A Crab

Ibis Hacks Up A Crab

Ibis Hacks Up A Crab

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