I hoped to see the sun rise this morning, a nice late 7:40 am. Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday and we go back to having to get up at O’dark thirty to get out anywhere to see that spectacle.
Instead an odd high fog kept the sun hidden until after 10:30. In the meantime, there were plenty of birds flying around, including a few Roseate Spoonbills that seemed to be at odds about where to land.
This one finally chose the already occupied frame of an old duck blind.
Nailed the landing.
The Snowy Egret pretended not to notice.
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
November 11, 2022
The Roseate Spoonbill from my previous post hopped up on a small snag as the Tricolored Heron moved on. Being king of the hill or the first to occupy any object sticking out of the water seems to be a common Spoonbill behavior.
It was something of a balancing act as the upturned roots didn’t provide a perch that looked suitable for those feet.
He soon thought better of the idea and jumped down…
…making an easy water landing.
Black Point Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, FL
April 12, 2022