Look who flew in to help me inaugurate my new blog!
Each year around this time, migrating birds begin dropping in to feast on the talapia in the pond beside our home. I happened to look out my window just in time to see these pink Roseatte Spoonbills on the far bank. By the time I grabbed my camera and made it outside to take a picture, this flock of American White Pelicans had just swooped in to join the party. The pelicans have been visiting the pond every day for about a week.
The bird that is poking his head up from the water (with just his head and neck showing) is an anhinga, which is a year-round neighbor of ours. They dive in and swim around underwater to catch the fish. This one was just coming up for air.
Our resident great blue heron, guarding his territory, flew across the pond and landed right beside the Roseatte Spoonbills, startling them and causing them to raise their beautiful wings in protest.