Mixed Activity Out Today
It was still a recovery day from the heavy rains and winds for much of the wildlife over by the marsh this afternoon.
Some birds were still just sitting in trees looking confused and exhausted, while others were out in full force hunting for food.
There were a few alligators around but they were not doing much and they seemed as shocked as everyone else about the conditions of things. The water is super high everywhere and even at low tide, the water level in the salt marsh remained high. It was almost as if there wasn’t a low tide at all anymore. Impossible, but that’s how it appeared.
Most of what we saw out there today was some egrets, blue herons, ibis, and ospreys flying around and searching for a meal.
Here are a few egrets from today, doing their best I’m sure under the circumstances.
Great set, Phil. The inflight shots are outstanding as always and I love the close up of the egret munching on the little fish. My younger daughter was commenting on how white the egrets manage to stay even after playing in the mud all day. She said maybe they use magic shampoo to keep so clean and white. ;o)
Happy shooting tomorrow. Maybe you’ll finally see some sun again.
Well your daughter is quite correct, the egrets do indeed generally stay very clean and very white, even the snowys. The white ibis however are a different story, they are often filthy. We don’t call them ‘muddy ibis’ for nothing. 🙂
Those poor creatures! How long will it take for the water to go down, any idea?
Things are still kind of crazy out there. Some area rivers have yet to crest and no one seems to know how the salt marsh can look almost the same at low tide as it does at high tide.
Beautiful egret set, Phil and hope conditions improve quickly!
Thanks much but we expect it’s going to take a while for things to look even close to normal.
Resilience at its finest! This bird, on behalf of all of them, still looks majestic regardless. Glad to see there’s still much food/fish to be had.
The birds do mostly look to be in fairly good shape but finding food remains difficult for some.
Great photos. According to the last one, the egret didn’t forget how to fish.
Must be like riding a bicycle. 🙂
Gorgeous photos, Phil. He looks very pleased with his catch. 🙂
Thanks Sylvia. Well we saw a lot of fishing going on but not much catching, so I expect that one egret was quite pleased with his catch.
beautiful. I need to get outdoors more and shoot
It’s fun to be out and a real stress reliever too. 🙂