The Wood Storks were just standing around after having fed at sunrise, while the Snowy Egret was making a fuss. Snowy Egrets are known for their active foraging and strutting as they stir up food in shallow ponds or inlets.
When I first arrived at the end of the boardwalk at St. Augustine Alligator Farm a Great Egret had this little corner to himself. He was just sitting there, not actively bathing, but dunking a little. No Alligators were in the immediate vicinity, that I could see.
Even though he wasn’t doing anything to attract attention he soon had company, as first a Roseate Spoonbill sauntered over, a Snowy Egret dropped in, and then a White Ibis joined the group. The White Ibis, with a splash of mud on his wings, was most in need of a rinse.
The dirt look to the Spoonbill’s feathers is the transition to the darker pink/red that happens as they mature.
1/29/2018, St. Augustine Alligator Farm, St. Augustine, Florida.
Snowy Egrets are easily identified if you can see their feet: bright yellow and rather clownish looking.
They also have trouble with their hair-dos, another factor that adds to their comical persona. They dance around when they feed to stir up fish settled to the bottom of creeks or ponds, often tossing their heads causing those extra long feathers to bounce.
This one was just standing around at the edge of the wildlife drive, showing off his feet.
Black Point Wildlife Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida, 1/28/2018.