We are back in Florida after an enjoyable, but all too brief, visit with our Texas grandchildren and the New Mexico rosy-finches. This Wood Stork was resting on our back lawn.
The stork took turns standing on one foot, each time, oddly, grasping the other leg with its pink feet– first, with its left foot:
Then, with its right foot:
A Double-crested Cormorant ventured close to shore, then dove, swam underwater a great distance and out of sight:
A Pied-billed Grebe also came in close. It appeared that the fishing was particularly good just off shore:
This evening I was BBQ-ing a chicken on our back patio. I noticed that a Snowy Egret was foraging the lake’s edge, working its way nearer to our property. I quickly retrieved the camera and waited until it was about 30 feet away. As I was photographing it, it caught a good sized tilapia.
I was amazed at how the bird’s gape stretched to accommodate the fish, which kept wagging its body vigorously (click on the photo for more views):
Down the hatch!
It took the egret about 5 minutes to finish swallowing the struggling fish (Click for more views):