Saturday, June 10, 2006
Breeding Time ...And A Mystery Duck
Old Crank above is dressed to kill. All he needs is a lady Crankette to dance with. He's not always this pretty, but it's spring after all. The males of the heron and egret clan are sporting their breeding plumage in hopes of impressing a long-legged gal. Apparently it's a high maintenance "doo" as both the cooperative heron and the egret below were constantly fluffing and preening these "aigrettes".
Both the blue heron and common egret above are wild birds, but they are hanging out at a State Park known as Homosassa Springs. It was a private zoolike attraction in a natural setting (mostly) when I was a kid, but Disney and the interstate killed it. So, the state came in and rescued it, and today it is billed as a "wildlife park". The state park service is essentially running a zoo, but they have refocused on native wildlife and the site does some pretty important manatee rehabilitation.
So the pictures above might be considered zoo shots, even though they were free to leave, unlike the other animals.
Still, sometime ago, I stated that I don't use zoo shots, so I felt the need to mention this borderline case.
The ducks above are pure zoo shots from Homosassa. I'm including them because I missed the sign that identified them and was wondering if any of you know their name. They were absolutely hilarious...even for ducks. Lots of social interaction and wacky duckiness...if you've ever kept ducks, you know what I mean.
I took the top off the JEEP yesterday and I am scheduled to go out in the Gulf to work on a clam farm tomorrow , so of course the weather forecast has switched from "not a chance in hell of rain" to 40% chance. Anyway, I hope to have a story about clam farming for you soon. Keep your fingers crossed and wish for rain on Monday ...not Sunday.