birds, egrets, Florida wildlife, front yard visitors, fun, natural wonders, nature, Nature's beautiful creatures, perseverance, photography

Love is in the air…

Okay, maybe love is in the air, maybe not, but love is certainly at the rookery. Breeding plumage is on display. There is much posturing to attract the opposite sex, and, with the help of another peeping Tom with a pair of binoculars, I saw babies on one nest! They were tucked down in the twigs of the nest enough that I”m not sure I’d have spotted them without the heads up. I didn’t even have my biggest lens on the camera because I wasn’t expecting to see chicks yet. I’ll be more prepared next time.

I feel pretty…
Oh, so pretty…
I feel pretty, and witty, and bright…
There he is, not easy to spot at all. A wood stork chick…
There, that’s better…
There were actually two chicks in there, at least…
There were no egret chicks, or I didn’t spot any anyhow…
But I don’t think it will be long…
This little blue heron was directly in front of the photographers, in an area of vegetation in the water that wasn’t there in the past. I heard that the alligator was spotted that morning also, so I hope this little guy was watching out for himself.
And since I have spotted him once, I checked to see if my my neighbor, the eagle, was on duty again yesterday. Looks like he was back in this exact same spot, or was he still there?
I have to view him from a condo development, in someone’s backyard, so I don’t feel comfortable hanging around for hours waiting for something to happen. If there are babies on the nest I could see no evidence of them, but why else would he be standing guard?
I think he takes his duties seriously…
This cattle egret was on my sad looking lawn when I got home. A new comer to the neighborhood…front yard visitors

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