Sunrise Over the Marsh

Sunrise over the marsh
Sunrise over the marsh. (Regis took this picture)

By Linda (November 8, 2018)

About a week ago, Regis and I got up early to watch the sun rise over the salt marsh.  The rising sun brings out the gold colors in the marsh grasses.  It’s very beautiful.  It’s a great time to watch the birds begin to stir and set out on their journey for the day.

Sunrise over the marsh
Sunrise over the marsh.

The second day I was there, I heard a Great Horned Owl before sunrise.

I also continue to volunteer at the Ark Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation.  I have had an opportunity to see a Northern Gannet up close and an Osprey that had been electrocuted.  Sadly, the Gannet did not make it but the Osprey was transferred to another rehabilitator that is better able to handle it.  Ospreys eat better in captivity if there are other Ospreys around.  This other rehabilitator had other Ospreys, so it improves the bird’s chances of surviving.

Northern Gannet
Northern Gannet at the Ark Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation center.
Osprey
Osprey at the Ark Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation center.

I went on a shorebird walk at the Matanzas Inlet.  It was a beautiful day.  Following are a few favorite pictures from the walk.

Ruddy Turnstone feasting on a fish
Ruddy Turnstone feasting on a fish at the Matanzas Inlet
Black Skimmer beginning to skim at the Matanzas Inlet.
Black Skimmer beginning to skim at the Matanzas Inlet. The lower bill is longer than the upper bill. The bird drags it’s lower bill through the water to feed.
Great egret shaking it's feathers
Great egret shaking it’s feathers at the Matanzas Inlet.
Shorebirds at the Matanzas Inlet. The Black Skimmers are lying in the sand.
Shorebirds at the Matanzas Inlet. The Black Skimmers are lying in the sand. The first time I saw a Black Skimmer doing this, I thought it was dead.  

3 Comments on “Sunrise Over the Marsh

  1. What a wonderful blog. Beautiful photos!! Very nice narrative.

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