Bringing home a snack

Osprey at Fort Pickens bring in a still-wiggly needlefish.

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American Coot Up Close

She kept coming closer and closer, apparently hoping I would eventually throw her some bread or something. Sadly (for her) I was not well supplied in the bread department. So I just kept taking her picture. That orange/red eye is astounding.

Ain’t she purty?

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Rookery Loner

With all the surrounding mating and nest-building going on around him (her?), this lone Great Blue Heron seemed content to just stand guard in the afternoon sunshine. This is along the nature trail at Fort Pickens (GINS.)

There are no fewer than eight or ten active nests within 200 feet of this guy.rookery-loner