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

Great Blue Herons, Out of the Wind

It was quite cold and windy yesterday and many of the Great Blue Herons around the rookery were down on the ground rather than standing in their partially built nests.

Great Blue Heron in Grass
Great Blue Heron in Grass

We have something new to watch for around the swamp as signs of a beaver chewing on trees and cypress knees have appeared over the last few days. In the picture below the shiny, lighter colored wood is newly exposed.

Great Blue Heron Under Trees
Great Blue Heron Under Trees, Cypress Knees Chewed

This images gives a better idea of how it looks. It will be interesting to see if beaver have taken up residence or were just passing by.

Cypress Knees with Bark Stripped Off
Cypress Knees with Bark Stripped Off

Great Blue Heron With Something

This is a tidal pond and the tide was out, and much lower than normal according to several regular visitors I spoke with, revealing vegetation that normally was under water. Add in the sun at a bad angle and this GBH was standing in front of an artsy looking canvas.

Great Blue Heron with Something
Great Blue Heron with Something

I missed the initial capture, becoming aware of the heron strutting around with a dripping blob. He was a bit far but the action was interesting.

Great Blue Heron with Something
Great Blue Heron with Something

Several times the heron dropped the whole mess and surprisingly no other bird tried to snatch it away.

Great Blue Heron with Something
Great Blue Heron with Something

At last, the heron worked the prize of lunch free from the tangle of vegetation. One gulp and it was gone.

Great Blue Heron with Something
Great Blue Heron with Something

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
January 1, 2020