Disagreement In The Marsh

Yesterday morning a tricolored heron apparently had an issue with our pink spoonbill friend and let him have it. Well…spoonie wasn’t going to be talked to in this way so he gave it right back to the tri who seemed surprised that the spoonbill did not immediately flee in terror. Spoonie didn’t let it bother him however, he promptly went right back to fishing and within a minute the entire incident appeared forgotten and they went back to being friends and sharing that fishing spot. 

Spoonbill and Tricolored Heron Disagreement

Spoonbill and Tricolored Heron Disagreement

Spoonbill and Tricolored Heron Disagreement

Spoonbill and Tricolored Heron Disagreement

Spoonbill and Tricolored Heron Disagreement

Spoonbill and Tricolored Heron Disagreement

Spoonbill and Tricolored Heron Disagreement

Spoonbill and Tricolored Heron Disagreement

39 thoughts on “Disagreement In The Marsh

  1. Awesome exchange! It looks like one of those cartoons where the force of the Spoonie’s vocal wind is blowing the Tri-colored’s neck feathers backwards along with his tilting his head back a bit. My money is on Spoonie. Actually, I was expected a bill full of water to spray in T-C’s direction. 🙂

    • I know, isn’t it?!? 😯 And the tri is not at all a big bird, so he was likely surprised to have that giant bill coming at him, plus I suspect the tri never saw a spoonbill before. I have pics from today of both an egret and an anhinga that looked like they had no idea what the big pink goofball even was.

    • I bet the tri was indeed thinking about giving spoonie a shot with his long, sharp bill, but then figured maybe the spoonbill might make things very uncomfortable very fast. The spoonbills are pink and goofy looking but they are also good size birds.

  2. What a cute confrontation. Neither looks so scary to me. The sequence is makes a great story.

    I just looked through your galleries and I think you helped me identify a Green Heron that has a lot of rusty red color. Those I see here do not yet it looks like some you pictured have this coloring and patterning. It will be awhile until I post my marsh photos, but if you can verify my bird, I would appreciate it.

    • It is bigger but does not really seem to posses any particular weapons such a as a great blue heron that I would never want to be near one that was mad at me and be hit with that big sharp bill.

  3. 😆 the life at the marsh seems to be getting more interesting with each passing day :). I’ve been meaining to ask you, Phil, If you had some new visitors lately. On July 28, I mentioned you on my blog :D, and they all promised to pay you a visit.

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