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Monday, January 5, 2015

Egrets, 16th hole, Ocean Course

This is the start of breeding season for all of our local birds. Egrets are usually territorial and solitary, but this time of year congregate, looking for dates. Cormorants, another usually solitary water bird, gather in large flocks and get in a line in the water and beat their wings on the water and drive fish to the edge of a pond or lagoon, where they can dive and eat. Egrets, being no dummies, wait on the shore and get their share. Every now and then even a pelican will swim behind the line of cormorants and suddenly fly over them and dive, getting a beak full of fish.  These guys were awaiting the line of cormorants.

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