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)
American coot (Fulica americana)
Pied-billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis)
American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Lesser scaup (Aythya affinis)
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!