Fishing Only Looks Like Fun

This anhinga fishing in the marsh pond yesterday afternoon might look like he’s having a fun time but fishing is serious business.

The fact that anhingas will flip a fish off their sharp bill and catch it head first in mid air is just an added bonus that makes dinner prep a bit more entertaining!  :-)

Anhinga Flipping Fish in the Marsh Pond

Anhinga Flipping Fish in the Marsh Pond

Good Mood?…Maybe…

Yesterday afternoon our good pal Mr. A seemed to be in a good mood when he came floating over to my side of the marsh pond to say hello.

I of course can’t tell for sure, but I do wonder what he’s thinking…

Alligator in Marsh Pond Watching Me

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

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