Meet a pair of snowy egret entertainers, if you will. My mother was visiting recently, and we watched as these two stealth-like creatures took bait from a fisherman’s bucket… when he wasn’t looking. They were quite comical, these two, and had my mom laughing for a good hour. I enjoyed the show as well but didn’t want to give them away to the fisherman, so I waited patiently to photograph them when he was packing up to leave.
It was quite nice to watch the birds with Mom, especially considering the peacefulness of the afternoon. The first half of my life includes a movie reel of near collisions and off-road adventure thanks to Mom excitedly pointing at birds along the drive. Inheriting the bird watching trait was inevitable, though I prefer to watch birds from a stationary position myself. 😉
I love when I find time to go for a quiet, morning walk. I try to plan ahead so water, one form or another, will be on my route. Of course, I can only do so much planning. I can put the bay, a pond, or the ocean on my route, but I can’t plan what might be awaiting me in that water. Finding this Little Blue Heron fishing for a morning snack sure brought a smile to my face. I don’t know how his breakfast plans worked out since I only paused for a moment and didn’t want to intrude, but if making me smile was somehow part of the master plan of my life, I certainly did appreciate the role of this heron. And, I think I’ll keep ‘walking to the water’ as part of my little ol’ plan. 😉
My family and I had quite the adventure this past weekend…We escaped the island…only to go to another island! We took a boat out for the day and left from Captiva Island, venturing to the nearby island, (about a twenty-minute boat ride,) Cayo Costa Island. Imagine my delight when we arrived and yours truly, bird girl, spotted an Osprey sitting in a tree on the beach. My husband so kindly carried my camera from the boat, which was anchored chest-level off of the shore, and got it safely to the beach so I could take some pictures of the Osprey. That Osprey didn’t move from the tree the entire time we were there. It must have been basking in the beautiful view of a perfectly wonderful lazy Saturday. I enjoyed it immensely…and now I know what Opsrey do on their days off. (I can’t say that I blame them.) 😉
The first time I saw a Common Moorhen swimming in Alligator Lagoon, (the dipping pool behind my patio,) I did a double-take. And then another. I had never seen this bird before and had no idea what it was. They show up very often. After searching through my stack of wildlife books, I identified this bird. I now know it is a member of the rail family, and it has a name: the Common Moorhen, also known as the ‘pond chicken.’ And here I thought I was the only chicken near that pond. I was relieved to read one description of this bird use the phrase, ‘candy-corn bill,’ after I had assured Mom over the phone, (the bird woman,) that the bill reminded me of candy-corn. Mom got to see what bird I was talking about when she came to visit me, and she technically was the one who helped solve this candy-corned-bird mystery if you want to know the truth. It’s a good thing. I would have called it the candy-corned duck if she hadn’t helped me. This is, ‘the big pond chicken’ signing off… 😉