Saturday, April 11, 2015

Coastal Trip 3: More Rookery Birds

If Great Egrets were the most numerous birds at the Smith Oaks rookery, they were by no means the only ones there.

Scattered throughout the island opposite the observation decks were Snowy Egrets, distinguished by their smaller size, their black bills and their yellow feet.

Scores of Neotropic Cormorants were also present. Some were perched in the trees while others were bringing in nesting materials.

As always at the rookery, Roseate Spoonbills put on quite a show.

They often seem ungainly as they try to settle or stand on branches.

However, there is certainly nothing ungainly about them once they take to the air!


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