Busy Weekend!

We had a very active weekend over at the marsh. On Saturday, ten spoonbills arrived and they began feeding together as a group in the salt marsh! In the second group photo you can see the deer antler sticking up out of the water as the tide was still falling.

Our injured friend was among the group and I am happy to report that he is doing much better and continues to feed and fly normally. We saw him flying all over the place this weekend and at one point he even got into a small scuffle with another spoonie.

Then yesterday we had eight white pelicans show up in the marsh pond. They started out standing around in a group with the wood storks, but eventually began to slowly float back and forth hunting for fish. A spoonbill watches some of the big pelicans with a curious look in his eye as it’s possible he has never seen these large birds before.

And of course I can’t forget our good pal Mr. A who at times like this tends to get a bit lost in the shuffle. With all the excitement about the spoonbills he was not commanding his usual attention and those consequences won’t be good for anybody. But he was also active (well at certain times) this weekend keeping an eye on everything and everyone and also managed to get in a little fishing.

Yes indeed, very busy weekend for us all!

Busy Weekend

Busy Weekend

Busy Weekend

Busy Weekend

Busy Weekend

Busy Weekend

Busy Weekend

Busy Weekend

Busy Weekend

 

25 thoughts on “Busy Weekend!

  1. Hi Phil, I took the birding class with Sharon and Phil Turner last Wednesday. Sharon told me to check out your website, and I am so glad I did! Thanks for sharing the beauty of Huntington on line. Now when I am in Fort Mill I can still see what’s happening at the beach. Fabulous!
    Jody Davison

  2. That’s a big group of spoonbills for the park, plus the white pelicans. I hope they hang around for a long while – I hope to be able to visit there in a couple of months. Great shots again Phil, and the news about all the wildlife is much appreciated!

    • Thanks Andrew and yes the big pelicans are fun for sure. The only problem I usually have with them is that unless they happen to fly near me, they like to stay at the far back edge of the marsh which is almost too far for pics.

  3. I love your photos! They are always so perfect, that if I didn’t know better, I’d think they were staged! How do you get all these animals to pose for you? 🙂

    • Thanks very much for looking and commenting Patti! Well, it seems like most of the wildlife we see out there are quite impressed with themselves so they always not only appreciate, but expect to get plenty of screen time. 🙂

  4. Love that parting shot. The pelicans are so pretty together! And Mr. A of course just has to be in the fray somewhere, doesn’t he? Best of all, a whole group of big pink spoonbills – that was fantastic to see! 🙂

    • It was a mob of pink out there! Who would ever think of a pink mob?!? 🙂
      And yes, I feel I have to include our good buddy Mr. A, with the spoonies and white pelicans in town he should not get shuffled to the back of the pack. Plus he seems to always show up at just the right (or wrong depending on perspective) time. 🙂

    • Oh Mr. A is such a drama queen! (don’t tell him I said that)
      He had better get over it because these spoonies look like they are here for a while and people love ’em!

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