Friday, June 06, 2008

Favorite Things - Birds

Then there were the birds.

The first thing you'll notice of the bird pictures are the chickens. They are everywhere. Not underfoot everywhere, just everywhere in general. You'll be walking down the street, and hear a rooster crow during any time of day. The chickens are out wandering as well and it being the end of spring, they had some medium sized chicks following them.

Of course, a few times we actually saw a chicken cross the road. We asked why, but got response. However, one time it was obviously one roosters desire to get away from another larger rooster.

Then down at Fort Zachary Taylor we caught sight of a Great Egret in the trees at one end of the moat around the fort. If you've seen a Great Blue Heron or a Tri-Colored Heron, then you know the size of this bird. It was magnificent just sitting in the tree, and I got as close as I could on the walls of the fort, and then we walked around the fort and I was able to get closer from another angle. It finally flew away, but I wasn't able to get a picture of it.

There were other small birds that we watched dive for fish in the fort's moat, and they were really fun to watch.

A great part was that the pigeon population has not yet exploded yet like it seems to have everywhere else in the country. They were there, but they were few and far between. Surprisingly the same holds true for sea gulls. They were there, but we didn't see them swarming like they do around here.

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