Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ibis and Coyote

Today I stopped to photograph a pair of Glossy Ibis at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, CT.
This pair were feeding in a rain pool near the model airplane field.

Suddenly their demeanor changed, they stopped feeding and focused on something nearby. 

A coyote had entered the scene

The Ibis watched the coyote as it passed by.
No harm was done and the Ibis only gave the coyote slight concern.
The coyote did flush a number of other birds along it's way, including at least four Willet.

With the coyote no longer a threat, the bird to the right sat down in the water...

...and entertained me with it's bathing antics.

Click on any of the photos to enlarge.

Finished, it was time to dry off it's wings.

The second bird flew a few yards to another pool and enjoyed it's bath.

Then flew back to join it's friend
After a head scratch and wing flap...

...they were gone.
I'm was lucky to show up when I did, everything was over and done in just a few minutes.

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