Is Mr. Cranky Still…Cranky?!
Yesterday morning as the action slowed down and the birds were done feeding, most everyone was taking it easy and enjoying a quiet time in the marsh pond. But I could tell one bird, a certain Monsieur Cranky, was feeling just a bit feisty. One of the young spoonbills must have gotten the same impression because he jumped out of Cranky’s way with only a look needed from the elder bird to get the message across. Mr. Cranky’s reputation by now is well known and I guess the juvenile just figured it was the safest and wisest move.
At this point it looked like everyone had calmed down and one spoonie was even on one leg preparing for a nap. At first Mr. Cranky appeared to be on board with going into a full relaxation mode but that good behavior of course would not last long. He just had to take a few steps over and bite his friend on the tail in an attempt to liven things up a bit and let the other spoonbills know who was really in charge around here.
The offended juvie did not make a big deal out of a little bite on the tail, and he basically stood his ground which may come back to ‘bite’ him later. 🙂 Notice also how the other spoonbill stayed up on one leg and kept himself out of the altercation. The two young tricolored herons preferred to ignore the ill mannered behavior as well which was a wise decision.