Morning At The Salt Marsh

We decided to go over to check things out at the salt marsh yesterday. Fairly quiet, but there were a few things going on.

This one snowy egret was extremely active and flying all over the place. He seemed to really enjoy having most of the marsh to himself for once.

Next an alligator picked out this moment to climb up out of the marsh and take a slow stroll across the causeway. We also noticed that the gator was making appropriate use of the crosswalk marked out on the road. How very polite and conscientious of him!

And a cormorant was enjoying the freshest shrimp in the inlet!

A pleasant morning was being had by all. 

 

 

 

Blending In…At First

Nice warm day with clear, bright blue sky and this great blue heron was doing a nice job of laying low and blending in among the reeds at the salt marsh.

But, as soon as he decides to jump off in search of greener pastures (or in his case, nicer fish) the cover is blown and his presence is immediately detected in the wide open spaces of the sky. 

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Fishing Practice

This morning we were watching a couple of young brown pelicans working their fishing techniques over at the salt marsh.

Brown pelican fishing has to be hard on the head, as their method basically consists of diving down face first into the water and hoping to come up with some fish as a reward!

Although the birds we saw were indeed juveniles, even as adults they will continue to feed in much the same way. Some practice is required however…as it does take a bit of practice to refine the technique, making it hopefully less stressful on their heads.

Juv Brown Pelican Fishing 01

Juv Brown Pelican Fishing 02

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Red Moon Rising

I stayed up a bit late last night to see the blood red super wolf moon eclipse (or whatever the heck it’s called) and wouldn’t you know it would turn out to be our coldest night of the Winter so far. In fact I’m still cold.

The eclipse was kind of cool, and the moon eventually started taking on a reddish color, but I only stayed out briefly to get a few quick grab shots.

We do have an owl that often hangs out in one of our nearby trees but I suppose I would have needed night vision equipment to capture him, so that accounts for the lack wildlife photos in this post, moon only! 

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Winter Wear

On yet another bright sunny day (prior to the arctic blast expected for Monday) We found a Little Blue Heron playing around in the marsh pond.

The little blues start out life as all white juveniles, then progress to a patchwork of blue and white (“tweeners”) before becoming deep blue colored adults with a maroon neck.

This individual however, was a bit different. He was a sort of pale grey with only a slight blush of red on his neck. I was thinking that this little blue was past his tweener phase and might be exhibiting some winter plumage on his way to full adulthood.

I expect to see him and all his friends all fully decked out and colorful this Spring!

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Strutting His Stuff

Earlier this week in the salt marsh, we had a great blue heron showing off for the world.

Maybe it was the bright sunshine, but the thing about blue herons is that they always think they have an audience even when they don’t.

This day was no different, we were the only ones around to potentially impress.

Although…to be fair, we were sort of impressed.  🙂

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Best Not To Wake Him…

Looking back at the swamp yesterday, we find one of the big boys snoozing the day away in the warm sun. He was all tucked in among the grass, reeds, and other assorted muck found in that area. 

I kind of suspect that this is ‘his’ spot and nobody is allowed to disturb him.

I don’t know about you, but I think just leaving him alone with his nap is the best plan. 

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Afternoon Get Together

It was unseasonably warm today so we decided to head over to the swamp and see who might be out and about.

Well, it looked like three large turtles and one small alligator had reservations at the same table for a lunch time meeting.

It’s always pleasant to be able get outdoor seating when the sun is shining on a wonderfully warm January day!