Saturday, February 13, 2010
Winged fauna watch
The sun came out around lunch time, so I unlimbered my camera and wandered around the Saddlebrook Resort looking for birds. I had seen a hawk out on my run the other day, but could not locate him today. I did, however, spot the Great Egrets (the endangered birds that inspired the Audobon Society) in the protected swamp behind the main building, a crane, and (I think) a pelican. I am no birder, and would appreciate a more precise identification of the last two birds from those of you with actual expertise.
Your pelican looks more like a heron.
I think you are right, SouthernRoots.
Looks like a great blue and a black-crowned night heron.
I believe that the next to last bird is an anhinga.
Cornell University "all about birds" website:
Anon 6:09, I think you're right about the anhinga. My bad.
The "crane" is actually a cormorant and "pelican" would be a great blue heron
Next to last is an Anhinga. The Cormorant has a hook on the end of his bill.
The last looks like a regular Blue Heron.
Have both in my back yard here in SC almost every day.
I see that GREENBACK HERONS use bait when its catching fish pretty smart birds