Photos today, and two are of creatures I haven’t seen before. We’ll start with one of my favorites, the tricolor heron. He’d just caught a tiny silver fish when I snapped the shot. The water is still moving from his blindingly fast poke of the beak. I’ve grown quite fond of this fellow; he’s been around a lot lately and lets me get quite close to him.
Across the lake, I noticed five vultures on the shore. These are different from the usual turkey vultures I see here. They’re called black vultures, and I think they look more regal than the others. The wingspread is impressive, and the first few feathers have creamy white tips. A pretty bird, and they fill an important function in our world, saving us from cleaning up smelly dead things.
R and I were sitting outside talking when we both noticed two new birds float into view. This is a common moorhen, but I see nothing common about it. What a gorgeous bird! The beak and forehead are striking, that red so vivid, it almost looks like plastic. There were a pair of them, and I did get a couple pics of the male mounting the female; it’s spring. 🙂
That’s it for this week. See you Monday.