Birds Fishing in the Mangrove Forest

Arctic terns at Ten Thousand Islands, one of the largest mangrove forests in the world. The green shrub on the left is a mangrove, and the green in the distance is a very large mangrove island. Photo by Ellen Maher.


Birds Fishing in the Mangrove Forest

Rocky

mangrove island,

safe perch for arctic terns.

Inches above the waves, they find

refuge.

Osprey, also called a fish hawk, feeding its chicks. Photo by Richard Lee on Unsplash.

Mangroves

create islands,

green in a sea of blue.

Ospreys soar majestically in

blue skies.

Anhinga, also called a snake bird for its long neck. Photo by Mac Weaver from Unsplash.

Streamlined,

anhinga dives

to fish underwater,

spreads water-soaked wings to dry in

sunshine.

Great egret flying and two snowy egrets wading in the water. Photo by William Foley from Unsplash.

Snow white

egrets stand motionless,

fishing in the shallows,

alert, their long, sharp beaks poised to

spearfish!

Pelican in Everglades National Park near Ten Thousand Islands. Photo by Ellen Maher.

Sunset,

pelican flies

at Ten Thousand Islands.

Seeking a little bedtime snack,

he dives!

Pelican flying near Ten Thousand Islands at Everglades National Park. Photo by Ellen Maher.

Pristine

mangrove forest.

Ecosystem threatened

by global warming’s rising seas.

Fragile!


CopyrightΒ© 2023 by Cheryl Batavia

Happy Earth Day! ❀

45 Comments

    1. Thank you, David. Glad you enjoyed the post. ❀

      Anywhere in South Florida where there is a pond, canal, or other waterway, anhingas are nearby. They are fun to watch, but I have never witnessed a scene quite like the one the photographer captured. I wish I had! He must have been using a zoom lens. My daughter's cell phone photos of Anhingas were too far away to use.

      I did once have a Great Blue Heron who had caught a fish in the little lake behind my house come up into my yard. He coughed and gagged for several minutes trying to swallow the too-large fish before giving up and spitting it out on the grass! πŸ™‚

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    1. What a lovely response, Cindy! I am delighted that you loved the post! Wildlife photographers who offer their fantastic photos free of charge have my admiration and gratitude. πŸ™‚

      I hope your construction is progressing well. Have a great week! ❀ ❀ ❀

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    1. My pleasure to revisit the happy times from our trip, JoAnna! We watched a YouTube presentation you might like and find interesting last night. PBS/NOVA Chasing Carbon Zero. It is very informative, and it made me more hopeful about the future of the environment. Happy Earth Month, JoAnna! ❀

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    1. Thank you, Gizmo! So glad you enjoyed the post. I have the greatest admiration and gratitude for the wildlife photographers who share their photos in the public domain.

      If you like to travel, I recommend Everglades National Park in Florida. Lots of beauty and lots to do! There are walking trails, tour boats, kayaks, canoes, the Micosukee museum, airboat rides…and much more.

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