Sunset Cruise

On a recent evening an alligator cruises along the marsh with the water lit by warm setting sunlight.

Just 15 minutes later, as the sun sets further, the light and water color change from gold to red.

Alligator at Sunset

Alligator at Sunset

“This Is MY Spot!”

Yesterday afternoon there were a few egrets out fishing in the salt marsh among the oyster beds.

Suddenly one came swooping in and rudely chased off his friend. It’s not like there is only a tiny area to fish in, there is plenty of room for everybody. But not to these guys who take it personally when another bird invades ‘their’ spot!

Egret Gets Chased

Egret Gets Chased

Light Breakfast

I spotted this GBH spiffing himself up in the marsh this morning and thought maybe he already had breakfast and was doing a little after meal clean up.

But he quickly went right back at it, and about two minutes later had snagged a light continental breakfast. Our little fishie friend, however, did not seem at all pleased with how his morning was going.

GBH Gets Quick Breakfast

GBH Gets Quick Breakfast

GBH Gets Quick Breakfast

GBH Gets Quick Breakfast

GBH Gets Quick Breakfast

GBH Gets Quick Breakfast

“Where Did You Come From?”

When this egret suddenly popped up right in front of me from the edge of the marsh and surprised me, I think we were both asking the same question!

Egret Pop Up

The Look

There is that certain look an alligator can get that makes you glad he is not coming after you…

Alligator With The Look

Alligator With The Look

Nice Catch!

This past weekend I was watching an anhinga fishing in the marsh pond area.

This guy was quite talented, I saw him catch a few fish, toss them up and make a few nice follow up catches.

This bird could play center field for the NY Yankees!

Nice Catch By Anhinga

Nice Catch By Anhinga

Optical Illusion?

Here is a photo I took this afternoon of an egret fishing.

Look closely at the fish’s face. At a quick first glance, do you see what appears to be a fish face kind of looking down with one red eye and one black eye and the bright highlighted spots being it’s mouth?

Or… do you see a face looking up with that red spot being the fish’s mouth and that black eye is it’s left eye with a tiny portion of it’s right eye appearing at the top?

Do you see both scenes? Do you need to refocus your eyes to see both?  Which did you see first?

The second scenario is the correct one, what initially may have appeared to be a red right eye is actually the fish’s open mouth. Who saw that right off from the start? :-)

Optical Illusion

I Have Arrived

Everyone knows how great blue herons have a way of making a huge production out of just about anything they do. no matter how routine it may be.

They often feel compelled to loudly announce their comings and goings, and sometimes have to let the whole world know even when they are just standing around.

On an earlier occasion, when this GBH flew in from the back edge of the marsh and proceeded to land right in front of us, it sure looked like he wanted it to be a dramatic entrance. And of course, as usual, it was.

I Have Arrived

I Have Arrived

I Have Arrived

I Have Arrived

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