Everybody needs a little quiet time to him/herself, and birds are no exception. Can’t get over how hard this Wood Stork above was working all morning, flying out and back, out and back to the trees every few minutes, searching for just the right soft cypress branches to bring back to the nest. He could use a break!
This Mottled Duck mom is also committed to her domestic duties. Her little ones hatched just last week, and they’re already off and running – all over the pond. Watching her swim around, chasing after the whole crew, reminded me of the expression “It was like herding cats”.
Some parents, like this Great Blue, are probably exhausted from the nesting season, so he’s taking a well-deserved break off away from the rookery. The GBH juveniles have been heading off on their own of late, as they’ve gotten quite large and independent.
The Red-winged Blackbirds have been amazingly active this nesting season, and I saw two RWBB nests almost within arm’s reach of the boardwalk yesterday morning! Soon, we should be seeing lots of little ones, so this guy probably also needs a little “alone” time right now.
The Black-necked Stilts haven’t been here long, and, though they are very busy flying back and forth, I haven’t seen where their nesting areas are yet. This one looks like he is on a reconnaissance mission away from the fray, scoping out a nice private spot.