The long sinuous neck of the Anhinga lives up to its nickname of snakebird like this female at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. The long dexterous neck comes in handy when pursuing fish underwater for a meal but the waterlogged feathers don’t help. After emerging from the water, the bird opens its wings to help dry them faster. From the OspreyWatch project.
Though it can look quite stunning with its vibrant red berries on display during the holiday season, the Brazilian Pepper, like this specimen at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, is a wide-ranging invasive plant disrupting many Florida habitats as it takes over the landscape pushing out native plants. From the OspreyWatch project.
An enraged Gray Catbird spits its wrath at the Black Racer stalking it through the Brazilian Pepper at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. The two agitated Catbirds present did not calm down until the snake finally left the area. The Black Racer’s head is at left partially visible through the leaves while following its body to the right shows it wrapped around a branch. From the OspreyWatch project.
Excited to report that this image of birds congregating in an impoundment at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge has been selected for inclusion in interpretive panels being placed along the Greens Bayou Greenway trail in Houston, Texas. The sign copy includes information about Pelican Island as the first National Wildlife Refuge. From the OspreyWatch project.