Thursday, June 19, 2014

Friday Fotos

This week's pictures are ones I took last Saturday at the Smith Oaks rookery in High Island.

As usual, the most colorful of the nesting birds were the Roseate Spoonbills.

Although I've seen it many times before, I still get a thrill out of seeing Spoonbills fly overhead, their pink wing feathers contrasting with the blue sky.

They even manage to look graceful when they come in to land in the rookery.

We were too late to see any Spoonbills with eggs in their nests but there were plenty of young birds around and some were still in the nest. The too below were obviously very young because they were very white and had not yet developed their spoon-like bills. 

Others were a bit older out of the nest but were still concerned with only one thing: getting their parents to feed them.

Then, here and there, you would see a juvenile bird wandering around on its own, looking rather forlorn and confused amid the noise and chaos that is the Smith Oaks rookery.


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