A few of my favorite things #5

Birds in the water.  Beauty can be found in any environment, yes, but water has such dynamic personality.  And its ability to reflect that which resides above it makes it all the more majestic as a backdrop, an in situ mirror that adds more than a touch of real or abstract flavor.

Yet my fascination runs deeper than the water.  I believe it has something to do with creatures with wings who soar on the wind that in turn spend so much time in the water, so much so that evolution has granted them webbed feet, spatulate bills, long legs and liquid-straining pouches.  What a marvelous dichotomy…

Snowy egret (Egretta thula) wading in the shallows (2009_09_27_029522)

Snowy egret (Egretta thula)

American coot (Fulica americana) swimming by me (2010_03_06_050437)

American coot (Fulica americana)

Pied-billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) swimming away from me (2009_11_01_036416)

Pied-billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)

Ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis) swimming by me (2010_03_06_050489)

Ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis)

American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) swimming toward me (2009_10_25_033970)

American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Male lesser scaup (Aythya affinis) floating in the water (2010_03_06_050444)

Lesser scaup (Aythya affinis)

Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) wading into a creek (2009_09_05_028695)

Great blue heron (Ardea herodias)

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On a related note: The only nesters at the rookery at present are great egrets (Ardea alba).  But the time is now for the multitude of other bird species to arrive at this marvel that rests in the heart of the city.  The second major species has already made an appearance: anhingas (a.k.a. water turkey or snakebird; Anhinga anhinga).  I can’t wait to share this magic with you.  What a spectacle, what a mystery, and what a gift!

5 thoughts on “A few of my favorite things #5”

  1. A great blue heron was back at the pond for the first time today fishing and I love to watch them. He (or she) made a few stabs and moved around a bit and then grabbed what really looked like a large goldfish. I think somebody drops their fair goldfish into the pond…Love the green herons too. Actually love anything to do with the water…

    Oh..would you take a look at two frogs I posted today. Took the photo in my yard and not sure what kind they are and they were sitting together on a pipe…

    Type of Frogs

    1. How strange on the goldfish, Michelle, but if it gives the heron something to eat, at least it’ll keep coming back. And I’ve been waiting for our green heron population to return (we usually have one or two that say all winter, but their numbers explode in spring–along with all the other heron and egret species).

      As for your frogs, I’ll leave a comment on your blog as well as say it here: I think they’re green frogs. The mottling variation and ridging are somewhat confusing, but mink seems out of range and leopard is too different. They could be mink, I admit, but that seems far less likely than green.

      1. Thank you Jason..I was really confused on this one. I live east of Buffalo and it doesn’t seem that mink are this far west. But they didn’t seem to fit leopard or green..I do love a puzzle.

        I forgot to leave a comment about the herons. There was a heron standoff last summer. Two green came into the same area that a blue was fishing and an argument ensued which consisted of barking and gesturing. It was so funny. The blue got tired of it and left and the green took over that spot. I was so happy to catch that one just sitting in my yard….. Michelle

  2. I like these few of your favorite things. 🙂

    But where are the raindrops and roses?

    Oh great, now that song will be stuck in my head for the night. Not that I don’t love The Sound Of Music!

    1. Thanks, Amber! As you know, sometimes it’s as simple as pointing out the little things that fascinate us.

      And I’m laughing about raindrops and roses! The Sound of Music is one of my favorites, so I don’t mind the song being stuck in my head. Actually, that’ll force me to watch it soon—and that’s never a bad thing.

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