High Island, Texas, Smith Oats Rookery, April, 2017
The Egrets were ahead of the Spoonbills in nesting and raising chicks. They were still gathering sticks to add to their nests, sitting on the nests to hatch more chicks, and hunting for food to feed the chicks they had. Not sure how many chicks are hatched during a breeding season, but probably not very many of them make it to adults. 😦
The Spoonbills were chasing each other, mating, and vocal. Howard captured the sounds at this amazing place, which I will share in a future post.
It would have been a treat to see Spoonbill chicks!
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Yes indeed – what a treat to see spoonbill chicks. I’m hoping to stay in Texas a little longer next year so I can hopefully be around long enough for ANY kind of hatched chicks. More fabulous captures. Keep’m coming!
Hi Ingrid, I hope you do get to stay in Texas longer so you can see the babies. I know you would love seeing them. I still want to see the Whopping Cranes, as you have! Are you ever back in Colorado? If so let me know!
Spoonbills are my favorite and you captured them beautifully! I’ve never been lucky enough to see them during nesting season. Thanks for sharing!
Beth, you are very welcome!
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