Hop, Skip, And A Jump

Hooded Mergansers are my all time favorite duck. They are fun to watch and comical in appearance, almost like nature’s little joke on us all. If someone tried to invent a cartoon duck from another planet, hoodies are what they would look like.

Yesterday afternoon I saw this male hoodie floating along quietly but I could tell just from looking at him that he was not going to stay put for long. Hooded mergansers can be very skittish and within a few seconds this little guy was off and running. And then of course finally flying.

For kind of goofy looking ducks, hoodies are extremely fast flyers and this little fellow zipped by me in an instant.

I always enjoy any chance I get to watch and photograph a hoodie because they never fail to entertain and amaze!

Hoodie Takes Off From Marsh

Hoodie Takes Off From Marsh

Hoodie Takes Off From Marsh

Hoodie Takes Off From Marsh

Hoodie Takes Off From Marsh

Almost Done With Dinner

Yesterday afternoon I spotted this osprey sitting high up in a pine at the edge of the salt marsh. It wasn’t until I got a closer look that I realized he had just about finished his dinner.

The entire front portion of the a fish had been removed and consumed, all that was left was a bit of mid and tail section.

In a blink though, the osprey was off and had taken his leftovers along with him.

Osprey in PineTree with Fish

Osprey in PineTree with Fish

Osprey in PineTree with Fish

A Little Night Fishing

Although it was close to sunset, this young tricolored heron remained alert in the marsh one day last week.

It often pays to keep your eyes open out there even as it begins to get dark. You never know when an evening meal opportunity will present itself.

Tricolored Heron at Evening Sunset

Tricolored Heron at Evening Sunset

Tricolored Heron at Evening Sunset

 

Nice Day For A Flight

This past week a bald eagle decided to sit high up in a pine tree and enjoy some afternoon sun along with a panoramic view of the marsh.

The eagle must have spotted something because he didn’t stay in the tree for long. With a jump and a flap of those huge wings, this eagle was airborne and past me in a flash. From there it seemed to be an almost effortless glide with only minimal wing action required.

Nice day for a flight!

Bald Eagle Jumps Off From Pine Tree

Bald Eagle Jumps Off From Pine Tree

Bald Eagle Jumps Off From Pine Tree

Bald Eagle Jumps Off From Pine Tree

Bald Eagle Jumps Off From Pine Tree

“Radar” At Sunset

Most of you know our good buddy Radar. He’s the great egret with the tracking antenna pack attached to his back. As always, Radar is head egret in charge of the marsh and keeps everybody including, the alligators, in line.

Last week as I was leaving for the evening, I saw Radar perched at the edge of the marsh enjoying his view. He was silhouetted by warm setting sunlight and as usual has a commanding appearance. :-)

Radar at Sunset

Fun Morning Of Fishing

I was watching a young brown pelican exuberantly fishing in the marsh this morning. The youngster seemed quite thrilled to be out there splashing around and I did see him scoop up a few mouthfuls of fish…so apparently the technique is quite successful!

Brown Pelican Morning Fishing in the Marsh

Brown Pelican Morning Fishing in the Marsh

 

The First Step Is The Hardest

This morning I spotted this blue heron in a tree along the edge of the marsh. It was an odd place for the bird to perch and I suspected it would not stay there very long.

That was indeed the case as the GBH suddenly threw up his wings in preparation for departure. Except his exit was not particularly graceful, it looked more like he fell out of the tree.

He did manage to quickly regain balance and go into a fairly smooth glide mode and then head out across the pond area. But it reminded me of a cat that falls awkwardly but still does manage to land on it’s feet and then gives you that look like… “What? I wanted to do that.”  :-)

Blue Heron Falls Out of Tree

Blue Heron Falls Out of Tree

Blue Heron Falls Out of Tree

Blue Heron Falls Out of Tree

Sunset Flight

Earlier this week, a brown pelican flies above the tree tops silhouetted by warm setting sunlight.

Pelican Sunset Silhouette

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