Category Archives: Water Birds

Good Morning Pelicans

A flock of American White Pelicans was standing in a line as the sun came up over this shallow pond.  The water was not deep enough for them to dive for fish so I was expecting them to take off any minute to look for breakfast.

White Pelicans
White Pelicans

I positioned myself to hopefully catch them taking off. Instead, they quietly preened as a few Roseate Spoonbills and Wood Storks did the same.

White Pelicans
White Pelicans

They moved very little in the 90 minutes I was at this pond. Unfortunately they didn’t like it so much that they had repeated this routine when I returned a few days later.

White Pelicans
White Pelicans

Do Birds Play Chicken?

Alligators follow their instincts when they hear a splash in the water…lets go check it out.

An Anhinga had jumped into the pond and was swimming with his head up. First one then two  Alligators were in hot pursuit.

Alligator and Anhinga
Two Alligators

I was too far away to really see what was happening. In fact I probably shouldn’t have bothered with these images with the glare on the water, but it was like watching a train wreck. I’m not sure if this churning of the water was the two Alligators having a spat or if the bird had ducked under and the gators lunged.

Alligator and Anhinga
Alligator with eyes reflecting in the water

The Alligators backed away a bit then the Anhinga popped up between them then leisurely swam along as if he were alone. A minute or two later they all lost interest and went their separate ways.

Alligator and Anhinga
Alligator and Anhinga

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Tree Anhingas

On two recent afternoons several Anhingas gathered in this Cypress Tree on one of the rookery islands.

Anhinga
Anhingas in Cypress Tree

There were at least five Anhinga nests on the island this spring,  and probably more that I couldn’t see based on the activity. The two lower birds in the next image may be young from one of those nests.

Anhinga
Anhingas in Cypress Tree

A Little Blue Heron and two juvenile Great Blue Herons can also be seen in the wider view. Those two GBH had not fledged yet but sure were curious about the flights of other birds.

Anhinga
Anhingas in Cypress Tree

Canada Goose Goslings

A Canada Goose family was  wandering through the edge of the cypress swamp, with the goslings foraging for food under the watchful eyes of their parents.

Canada Goose Gosling
Canada Goose Gosling

It was a cloudy morning and there was a full canopy above us so the  images had a very high ISO. I reduced the noise and clarity which gave the youngsters a soft look that I found appealing.

Canada Goose Goslings
Canada Goose Goslings

They stayed surprisingly close to the boardwalk even as we approached, but before long the adults steered their charges back into the water.

Canada Goose Goslings
Canada Goose Goslings

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