Tag Archives: Water Bird

American Avocets

I had to peek between the tall reeds around the pond  to get a limited view but it was still fun to watch these American Avocets feed.

American Avocets
American Avocets

Most of what they eat is very small so they have to spend a lot of time at it, methodically working back and forth.

American Avocets
American Avocets

These two made a striking sight across the pond, just standing around in the grass stubble.

American Avocets
American Avocets

Startled American White Pelican

Something, or someone, startled this flock of American White Pelicans at the edge of the pond. They lifted off but didn’t go far, landing on a mud flat in the middle.

White Pelicans
White Pelicans

In less than five minutes they had all settled down and were mostly facing the same way. A larger number of Snowy Egrets, White Ibis and a few Wood Storks in the group behind them didn’t react to the alert or the Pelicans landing.

White Pelicans
White Pelicans

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area
February 10, 2020

American Avocet Group

A quartet of American Avocets worked their way back and forth in the shallow water, feeding as they went.

American Avocets Feeding
American Avocets Feeding

The early morning light was behind them creating reflections in the still water.

American Avocets Feeding
American Avocets Feeding

Avocets eat little bits of things they find probing in the mud, generally unidentifiable bits from the photographer’s vantagepoint.

American Avocets Feeding
American Avocets Feeding

Pied-billed Grebe and Reflection

Pied-billed Grebes are mighty cute, always looking a little “baby faced.”

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

On this morning at the Ding Darling Wildlife Drive the water was still and the light very nice for reflections.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

Grebes seem to be in constant motion, quickly reversing direction as they search for prey in the water.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

This was one of those days that there was so much bird activity I missed a lot of action, including the fly in and landing of a pair of Grebes.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
January 5,2020

Cormorant on the Hunt

One of the neatest things I observed on my recent trip to Florida was Cormorants feeding.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

This pond had a deeper channel near the edge and I had an obstructed view into the water, which was quite clear. I was amazed at how fast they can swim.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

Zoom!

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

And pop back up.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

I watched two birds make several passes in front of me. Once there was a prize, complete with some vegetation.

Double-crested Cormorant with Fish
Double-crested Cormorant with Fish