Shaking Off

An osprey shakes off some water as he flies along the reeds at the edge of the marsh.

He caught no fish on this attempt but will go right back to work after the quick shake off.

Of course the eagle is sitting in his tree at the far edge hoping the next pass by the osprey will be successful…

Osprey Shaking Off

Osprey Shaking Off

Potential Incoming Trouble

Yesterday afternoon a blue heron appeared to be rather upset when he saw this slightly out of control juvenile wood stork heading straight for him.

The young stork did manage to land without crashing into the heron but you never know…those inexperienced kids can be unpredictable so it’s best to remain alert if you happen to be standing in the flight path!

Young Wood Stork Incoming

It Starts And Ends With One

Late this afternoon we had some juvenile white ibis show up in the marsh area.

At first just one came in but he was quickly joined by two more of his friends. They mostly just stood around on one leg for a while before gradually walking away one by one. (they didn’t fly away…they walked)

Finally we had one lone young ibis remaining, and he slowly made his way toward me along the shallow water before heading farther out into the marsh with his friends.

Juvie Ibis in the Marsh

Juvie Ibis in the Marsh

Juvie Ibis in the Marsh

Juvie Ibis in the Marsh

All Fluffed Up And No Place To Go

The great blue heron’s flair for the dramatic is well known. The one thing a blue heron never wants to be is ignored.

They often make loud comments to announce their arrival or departure, or for apparently no reason at all, at least not to us.

Great blue herons seem to be quite fond of making any type of display possible, at any time they might choose. Earlier this week we saw this great blue get himself in a totally all fluffed up state for reasons, once again, unknown to us.

But as long as he’s having a good time who are we to argue or question the reason why?

GBH Fluffed Up

GBH Fluffed Up

GBH Fluffed Up

GBH Fluffed Up

Surprise Pop Up

Just as I was leaving this evening I saw a little mink pop out from among the rocks along the edge of the marsh. As soon as the mink spotted me he surprised me by running right toward me, it was almost like my cat bouncing into the room!

He quickly put on the breaks however, stopped, took another look at me, and headed back toward the rocks along the edge of the water.

I didn’t see the little guy again, and since it was getting dark I figured he was snuggling down into a cozy spot for the night.

Mink on the Walkway

Mink on the Walkway

Mink on the Walkway

Mink on the Walkway

Mink on the Walkway

Slight Disagreement

In a typical situation, a blue heron and a great egret will look for practically any excuse to squabble and start an argument.

Usually, as in the case here, it’s over who is the rightful owner of a particular fishing area.

It’s not even that it’s a terrific fishing spot worth fighting over, it’s just that one bird doesn’t want the other one there on principle.

This behavior has likely been going on for thousands of years and continues on to this day. Birds will be birds. :-)

Slight Disagreement

Heavy Cargo

I thought this brown pelican flying in low over the water looked like one of those huge transport planes bringing in tons of supplies.

But no, it’s just a juvie pelican going about his usual business, flying and fishing around his area of operations which is the marsh.

Heavy Cargo

“Where Did Everybody Go?!?”

This ibis was among a small group fishing in the salt marsh when he suddenly looked up and realized he was alone. He hadn’t noticed that all his friends took off without saying anything.

So our lone ibis threw up his wings in surprise, took a bewildering look around, and jumped off to go look for his friends that had abandoned him.

Where Did Everybody Go

Where Did Everybody Go

Where Did Everybody Go

Where Did Everybody Go

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