Last Saturday morning I went over to see how the nesting Bald Eagles were doing at the Longwood detention pond.
I was greeted by a pair of Loggerhead Shrikes, a bird I can never resist photographing.
As I was watching the Shrikes, one of the Bald Eagles flew in from the west and headed towards the nest.
By the time I reached the other side of the pond, both adult Eagles were perched in a tree far from their nest. They then disappeared off to the south.
With no Eagles to watch, I turned my attention to a large group of American White Pelicans, who were doing their morning grooming.
Straightening our feathers can't be easy when you have such an enormous bill.
It would stand in the shallow water and work at its wing feathers.
Then it would settle all the feathers into place with a good flap of its wings.
It was fun watching how other Pelicans would fly in to join the group.
There weren't as many wading or water birds as usual at the pond, just a couple of Killdeer, a Wilson's Snipe and the resident Snowy Egret (below).
Then, apparently out of nowhere, a pair of Green-winged Teal popped up.
Then the other adult flew in and landed on the nest. I didn't have time to walk back for a better view, so I grabbed a quick photo from where I was. The photo isn't clear but you can make out the adult and a nestling. I suspect that there is a second nestling but only time will tell.