Well…They Almost Got Along…

We had a pretty good crowd in the salt marsh last night including two spoonbills and several snowy egrets along with a few ibis. At one point a snowy was standing there watching as a spoonbill came closer to his fishing spot. I thought things might go OK until spoonie went over and gave snowball a little shove. I expected a full scale battle to begin but quickly they both found something that interested them and prevented (at least temporarily) any altercations from escalating. But when spoonie turned back and began to continue to encroach on the snowy’s area, that was all it took as snowball decided he had enough and left for greener pastures, or less crowded water.

About an hour later spoonie and a different snowy really went at it and I do have photos of that exchange which will be a post for another day.  🙂 

Spoonbill and Snowy in the Salt Marsh

Spoonbill and Snowy in the Salt Marsh

Spoonbill and Snowy in the Salt Marsh

Spoonbill and Snowy in the Salt Marsh

Spoonbill and Snowy in the Salt Marsh

23 thoughts on “Well…They Almost Got Along…

    • Oh yeah, that’s it exactly! Although I suspect some of these herons and egrets have never seen a spoonbill before since they are a non native species and are wondering what the heck it is.

    • Yeah normally the snowys are more then happy to squabble over *anything*! This one may have been more curious then offended though by the goofy young spoonie. I might have that fight scene up tomorrow, it’s a good one.

    • No this is one of the goofy youngsters, but they are all often quite territorial.
      I had not seen that grumpy older one in several days until last night. He’s the star of today’s post. 😀

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