Snowy Egrets Flying with Reflections

This tidal pond was fairly still, with a group of Snowy and Great Egrets having a feeding frenzy in the left corner as the water ebbed.

Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections
Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections

This pair of Snowy Egrets flew in to see what was happening, creating some interesting reflections. A few ripples in the water made doubles of part of the closer bird in this next image.

Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections
Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections

In this one I like how the closer bird is connected to the further bird’s reflection.

Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections
Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections

The ripple had a different effect here, making an S curve out of the closer leg reflection.

Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections
Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections

As the pair came closer to shore and started their landings some bushes ended by view.

Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections
Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
January 1, 2020

White Ibis

I’ve spotted White Ibis all around the swamp recently, including taking a turn in the Skinny Tree while the Great Blue Heron was away.

White Ibis in the Skinny Tree
White Ibis in the Skinny Tree — Look close there are two on the right.

Ibis feed by probing with their long bill and this one is surprisingly clean for standing in the duck weed.

White Ibis
White Ibis, Showing off his blue eye

Several of them landed in a pine tree over the trail, unconcerned about observers.

White Ibis
White Ibis in Pine Tree

Although this one had a bit to say.

White Ibis
White Ibis in Pine Tree

Narcissus and a Wildflower, Yellow

Narcissus of various types bloom in late December and into January in the South Carolina low country.

Yellow
Yellow Narcissus

I spotted several bunches of these petite yellow ones on a recent walk around Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Yellow
Yellow Narcissus

They were in random spots with no other live vegetation around them which led me to a low key treatment.

Yellow
Yellow Narcissus

This petite yellow wildflower stalk caught my eye, too.

Yellow
Yellow Weed

American Mink

I had no idea what this was when I first spotted movement on the edge of an oyster bed. I had ducks on my mind as I’d seen them here before.

American Mink
American Mink

Those sharp oyster shells seem like a hazardous place for a Mink to hang out but he seemed at home here.

American Mink
American Mink

He came fully out of the water moving to the right, I changed position to see where he went. He did a u-turn and disappeared into the water. A short but interesting encounter.

American Mink
American Mink