This video shows how flexible the Egret’s neck is while preening its feathers. This bird is so white, I can’t imagine how difficult it is to keep itself so brilliantly clean that it shines in the sunlight.
Its plumage seems like silky strands of flowing hair instead of the kind of stiff looking feathers that a bird generally has. It really is a beautiful bird to see in person.
I was so lucky the footage in this next video – one day on an impulse I got a ride to the wetlands and walked for a while, through some large mud puddles even. Then I spotted this glowing figure in a tree, it was almost like a ghost.
The Egret took flight and landed about 15 feet from me and began its hunt for dinner.
Its a heron? its a stork? NO!! Its Great White Egret!!!
Watching, waiting… with stillness that is unmatched.
This bird knows just when to strike.
My favorite picture of the lot.
Meep? What happened, you are so thin from the front!!
Posed to strike.
Prey swallowed in one swift GULP!
Gracefully curved neck.
It strikes like a cobra!
I love how it thrusts its beak into the air and then walks slowly with its body, seeming as though it needs to catch up with its own neck.
Another successful catch.
These birds are so cute and tiny compared to the huge sunflowers that they are eating from! If you watch the video closely, you can see a number of bees flying about and they are of considerable size when you compare them to the size of this little bird.
I thought that this particular garden was much nicer than the others I had passed while I was “On Safari”. Not because of the flowers, but more because it was feeding the wildlife in the area.
Now for some snapshots!
Two Little Finches on Sunflowers
Picking sunflower seeds is hard work!
So is opening them!
Almost hidden, the upside down bird gets a meal.
This little bird is full and ready to go home.
I haven’t been posting for a while because I got to go on a mini-vacation to my sister’s house. Its always nice to visit family and take a break from the daily happenings of my life. Also to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Boy how I didn’t miss the traffic!
But don’t worry I didn’t forget about taking photos and videos while I was away 😀
So while I was in town I visited a place which I had seen Peacocks before. I wasn’t sure if they would still be there… but they were! And there were many more than I had seen before!
There were two males and at least 3 females. Sorry for some of the shaky footage, I was very excited to see these birds.. they seem like a legend that you couldn’t imagine was real until you see them yourself.
Here are a couple feathers we found on the ground as a souvenir:
I saw a very interesting crawdad in the creek, it seemed to be somewhat blue. I really like their whiskers and pinchers 😀
I was walking to the store when I saw a little hopping bird near our apartment’s field, which was being mowed at the time. The chick was obviously very scared of the lawn mower and of me..
So I blocked the way to the nearby busy street (So it wouldn’t be hit by a car) and it hopped into a tree where we waited for momma/daddy bird to come to the rescue.
Maybe the little chick was trying to learn to fly when it was separated from its parent?
I got to watch a Great Blue Heron at the wetlands again, this time it seems to have caught something and ate it. If you watch closely you can even see it licking its beak.
A young starling has to be clever when eating its breadcrumb, there are bread thieves everywhere!
During another trip to the wetlands we saw a heron, we think its a “green heron” … although it doesn’t look very green to me!
Its so interesting how this bird keeps its neck against its body, it has a longer neck than it seems!
Just look at that stretch!
We were so lucky to have the company of all three of our cats while on an expedition to the creek. We were looking for Nice Guy’s collar in the brush, its fun to imagine that the cats were helping us to look.