A Snowy Egret worked the bank of a small pond. I did not see him catch anything but he kept at it longer than I expected. Usually the Snowies are the least patient of the egrets, quick to move on when things don’t go their way.
This young Yellow-crowned Night Heron was concentrating, although it was hard to say on what. His perch of a dead limb was hanging over a pond where he could go fishing, but he didn’t seem to be watching the water.
I watched awhile to see if he would come out into the brighter light. He was content to stay where the overhang of a larger tree provided some shade, occasionally changing direction and practicing the heron “standing still” skill.
His middle toes just touching the water, this Great Blue Heron perched on a dead limb hanging over the water. In another sign of approaching fall the grasses behind him are turning brown and drooping a bit.
I’ve read that “bowl” is the classic term for a group of spoonbills, although I’ve not been able to find out why or how many spoonbills it takes to make the definition. A search quickly turns to pottery.
This bowl was resting after morning feeding creating some lovely reflections on a very still pond.
Snowy Egrets are entertaining to watch as they dart about, working to stir up small fish in the water. This one separated himself from the flock of nearby Roseate Spoonbills and Wood Storks and took a short break. We are used to seeing Great Egrets waiting this way, but generally the Snowy Egrets don’t have the same perseverance.
A quick turn and a pounce into the water yielded nothing, this time.