as our ten weeks draws to a close we are still finding things that surprise us.
the other morning I got up very early to find the river fogged in... but the gift of the pre-sunrise hour was the black and white crowned night heron. He has a white plume on his head that gives him his name and he is usually a night feeder - just a gift that I got up to find him still feeding across the river due to the late sunrise and the fog.
the river that foggy morning:
the night heron (you have to look closely to see the narrow white feather coming out of the top of his head- because the light was so poor) and a closer in view to try to show his crown (it is just like a single white quill sticking out of the back of his head):
two gators swimming in the early morning:
and a white ibis sunning himself as the sun broke the day:
a good view of a turtle (there are a dozen or more of them here) swimming with the small fish right by the dock:
So - my camera is still at the ready and will be for three more mornings - but we are packing and organizing and getting ready to head out- so this might be the last post from your reporting naturalist here on the Braden River. I have had an absolute blast being here and discovering all the variety that life on the river has to offer an observer of the day to day goings on.
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