Great Egret, staying cool.
This youngster is unknownly close to an American Alligator
The Alligator slid into the water right after I took this photo.
Birds will breath through their mouths to help stay cool.
Wonder what he is thinking!
The adults are darker in color and no longer have feathers on their heads.
Dressed in Red!
Dark Clouds hover over Means Bluff Field
Cattle Egret are walking in the Field. A native Magnolia Tree is flowering in the middle of the trees.
Great Egret: Ardea alba
Length 39", Wingspan 51", Weight 1.9 pounds
Palms, Bird, and white snow??? Nope, just white foam.
This foam is made of natural proteins, it is a sign of a healthy pond. The foam is not soap, and is not pollution.
Enjoying the early morning sun.
Female Anhinga. She has the light colored neck. A males neck is black.
Young Green Heron
This youngster appears to be a "branchling".
Wood Stork flying over Woods Pond.
Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis
Length 8.75inches, Wingspan 12 inches, Weight 1.6 ounces
Taken from the road, Goat Island Place.
Slowly walk the north dike and you can get a better look. A good pair of binoculars will let you see the details of these interesting birds.
Fox Squirrel, Sciurus niger
I have been hoping to get a good shot of one of our Fox Squirrels... finally, this one was a bit cooperative. I was using a Long lens.
Great Egret at the South East corner of Lower Sanctuary Pond.
High in the sky over Middle Pond
Great Egrets in flight. This large bird weighs a little less than 2 pounds.
Northwest Corner of Middle Pond.
Water is pumped from Woods pond to fill Middle Pond. The water in Woods Pond comes in from the marsh during high tides. A "Rice Gate" controls the water into Woods Pond.
Sitting in a tree along side of the road at the south end of Woods Pond.
A pair of Wood ducks.
In the middle of Woods Pond.
Very young Green Heron
Branchlings are dependent on their parents for food. They have not developed full flight, or the ability to hunt.
American Alligator, you can see one eye on the far left of the photo.
The young branchling Green Herons are in the tree on the left side of the photo.
Takes flight over Woods Pond.
Hanging out at the north west corner of Woods Pond.
Amost grown, almost gone...
These young Great Egrets will soon be leaving the nest. A Night-crowned Black-Heron can be seen close to the center of the photo.
Means Bluff Field
Rain is on the way!
All Egrets are Herons, but NOT all herons are Egrets!
The water is agitated with the filling of Middle Pond. Resulting in the natural proteins in the water making foam on the surface.
Off in the distance
These two Osprey were calling back and forth. They are sen on snags on the east side of Upper Sanctuary Pond.
Singing his heart out.
I love the shoulders on the Red-winged Blackbird.