Grebe Chick, Roseate Spoonbill & Friends (12/6/2021)

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Grebe Chick, Roseate Spoonbill & Friends (12/6/2021)
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Moving on to the next set of wildlife from the catch-up archives, the following were shot on August 28th, in and around the local wetlands, all with the A6600 and FE 200-600mm G OSS combo, handheld...all shots are posted at 1800 pixels on the long side if you view the original size...

Starting out with the very small but very pretty white peacock butterfly - they're all over the wetlands through late summer and into fall

A young alligator out of the water, crawling up on the bank with the cypress roots and grasses.  Through the long hot summer, gators spend most of their time in the water so it's a bit unusual to find one out in the hot sun - but he was in the shade at least

Facing off head-on with a golden winged skimmer dragonfly

A juvenile little blue heron - I've been posting these in the past few threads transitioning from white to their adult blue color - as you can see, this one is almost there - just a few spots of white left!

The challenge in the wetlands is constantly looking down for birds or critters in the waters and grasses, but also looking up to catch things flying overhead - like this red-shouldered hawk passing by

Back to the water, where the lovely pink resident was wading past me - the roseate spoonbill looking for a new spot in the shallows to 'spoon' around for food in the muddy bottom

And here he goes - he puts that spoon bill in the water and fans his head back and forth in the loose mud at the bottom to stir up small fish or crustaceans

A snowy egret was standing nearby watching - wondering just what that pink bird was up to - he just stabs at his food when he sees it swimming past - the difference between eating with a knife or a spoon!

Mr. Spoonbill pausing for a second and showing off that spoon-shaped bill

The snowy egret seemed a bit jealous of the attention the pink bird was getting, so he strolled over towards me to get in the frame - even puffing up his plume a bit to show he's good looking too

Mr. Spoonbill decided it was time to move on, and took his reflection with him

The pied-billed grebes were not far away, with the momma grebe closer to me, followed by one of her chicks, with their black-and-white striped face and neck and red bill.  Note that pied-billed grebes are quite tiny, so the juveniles are quickly at the size of the parents, but the colors and patterns are what lets you know they're younger

A closeup look at junior

It's amazing just how still waterbirds can be - both mom and chick weren't making a single ripple

One more closeup of the lovely pied-billed grebe chick bobbing in the water

Comments, questions, and critique encouraged and welcomed.

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