As some of you may know, I'm at Green Cay Wetlands walking almost every morning. It is how I love to begin my day. Each season brings with it the return of certain birds while others go on their "vacation from us" flying to the north or south.
Spring is a favorite time of year for most of us because it's time for nesting and little babies. Whenever you see a crowd of walkers and photographers... they're usually watching some kind of bird or critter behavior.
This is the ANHINGA! It loves to fool visitors by swimming in the water and with its long sleek neck, making us think he's a snake! Even if you're a regular there, you always look twice when you see something rippling in the water. Unlike other water birds, the Anhinga lacks oil glands to water proof its wings, so it will find a "perch" and spread its wings so thay can dry.
They use that long beak of theirs to go "spear fishing" and I have seen them be a little too "eager" with their beak and then have to try to maneuver their catch off of their beak.
As I mentioned, spring means babies and walkers and photographers love to look for nests. It's very much like an easter egg hunt. But if you do happen upon the nests, be careful not to stay too long. If mom or dad are trying to feed the young, they'll stay away to try to redirect you to protect the babies.
This momma Moorhen is tucked away... protecting her eggs from raccoons, alligators and other birds. If you're not looking carefully, it's really easy to miss them. We actually watched this one try out various homes before choosing this one. I have a feeling it had been Staged just to suit her!
These aren't hers but this Momma Moorhen left the nest just long enough so we could get a photo of the wee ones.
And, unfortunately when we returned 2 days later the eggs were gone.
Hope to see you at Green Cay!
12800 Hagen Ranch Road
Boynton Beach, Fl