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Spoonbills… Being Spoonbills

Spoonbills are just ‘goofy’ birds. And they do ‘goofy’ things.

Spoonbills... Being Spoonbills - click to enlarge
Spoonbills… Being Spoonbills – click to enlarge

They always climb on things. if there were 3 sticks, flat on the ground, they would be climbing all over them… I’ve seen it.

Spoonbills... Being Spoonbills - click to enlarge
Spoonbills… Being Spoonbills – click to enlarge

The following photographs show one that insists on standing on the very top. It doesn’t matter he can’t fit there. The other 2 look on and finally one just acts like he is laughing at the climber.

Click, or double tap, any image to view the gallery and antics.

Ultimately everyone found a spot to rest on.

Spoonbills... Being Spoonbills - click to enlarge
Spoonbills… Being Spoonbills – click to enlarge

Bald Eagle, Marsh Shots

The last few trips to the large marshes Eagles have been active. While we did miss the ultimate photograph (fishing so close the lens was too big, sneaking in from behind, etc.) I did grab a few worth saving.

Bald Eagle, Marsh Shots - click to enlarge
Bald Eagle, Marsh Shots – click to enlarge

As usual the tall reeds were not my friend. I caught this dive, then he disappeared into the marsh.

Bald Eagle, Marsh Shots - click to enlarge
Bald Eagle, Marsh Shots – click to enlarge
Bald Eagle, Marsh Shots - click to enlarge
Bald Eagle, Marsh Shots – click to enlarge

Low passes were plentiful this morning, blue sky over exposed more shots than I care to think of.

Bald Eagle, Marsh Shots - click to enlarge
Bald Eagle, Marsh Shots – click to enlarge

Above was a fun shot. This Eagle went low over everything else out there fishing. Ibis scattered while even the big Egrets and Herons took notice.

Wood Storks, well as expected, they didn’t flinch.

Tricolored In The Pluff Mud

This is a Tricolored Heron, walking through th Pluff Mud. I have seen birds, bigger than a Tricolored, get stuck in it. This is thick stuff.

People say Pluff is unique to the Lowcountry marshes. I can believe it. Think the worse low tide ever… not even close.

Tricolored In The Pluff Mud - click to enlarge
Tricolored In The Pluff Mud – click to enlarge

Pluff is hundreds of years of swamp / marsh ‘stuff’ sitting on the bottom of swamp water. Whew !!!

A bayou perfume.

 

Ledge Light

An unknown Coast Guard officer wrote the following in the crew’s log on the last night before the automated light system was installed: “Rock of slow torture. Ernie’s domain (the ghost of a light keeper). Hell on earth—may New London Ledge’s light shine on forever because I’m through. I will watch it from afar while drinking a brew.”

Ledge Light Lighthouse – click to enlarge

Built in 1909 outside the New London Connecticut harbor.

(something different)