February 12, 2016

Stopped by Nathan Krestul Park on my way home from work, a beautiful, windy day with temperatures in the low 70s.  The first bird I saw was an Osprey aloft, stalled into the wind.  It plummeted to the water, plucked out a fish,  and flew off far back into the trees to eat it.

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Osprey with Its First Catch

A Great Egret, a Tricolored Heron, and a Little Blue Heron were all looking for their own meals in the water.

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Great Egret

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Tricolored Heron

Above me in the small trees at the water’s edge Red-winged Blackbirds called incessantly and Yellow-rumped Warblers flitted around in the low brush.  A Turkey Vulture soared overhead.  Far back into the trees I spotted a Northern Flicker.  Across the water I heard a Belted Kingfisher, and then spotted her in a tree.  Then the Osprey scored a second fish:

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Osprey with Its Second Catch

Near the bridge a pair of Mockingbirds were looking for their meals in a tree.  This one was particularly agile:

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Northern Mockingbird

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Northern Mockingbird

Then I watched the Osprey hit the water again, but this time it did not fly off with a fish.  Instead, it took a bath!

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Osprey Drying Off in the Wind Following a Bath