It’s been a lively week in the nature reserve. And I’m quite proud to say that I’ve run there on five days out of seven. In 90 degree weather. My reward has been that I don’t walk like a duck anymore. Although there’s nothing wrong with the walking style of this new resident, a male Muscovy Duck. Duck walk fits him perfectly.
Only small populations of this duck, native to Mexico, Central and South America, have established themselves in North America. It makes his company quite special. And I’ve seen him around on every run. Just like I’ve seen Papa Osprey. On Monday he was eating his lunch at noon on the top of his favorite dead palm trunk. The big fish got all his attention.
The next day he was having lunch, again around noon, on the top of a street light next to the bay. When I arrived, he was just about done. And greeted me with an expressive look. I wonder what that means.
Since Thursday, he’s been perching on the corner of his nest every morning. And on some evenings I’ve seen him there (from my terrace) close to sundown as well. I’m not sure whether he just likes to rest there, do some maintenance and plan for the upcoming nesting season, or whether he’s protecting the nest from the new male who appeared in this area mid July. He might be making sure the other guy knows who has the leasing contract on the nest.
This morning I could sense some tension in the air when the other osprey suddenly flew right over the nest, and then settled on the top of a cypress tree nearby. In Papa Osprey’s park!
They were not saying a peep, but clearly kept an eye on each other. It’ll be interesting to follow these dynamics in the coming days.
I have seen many other birds as well this week, but want to share only one more picture with you today. We have Moorhen chicks again! What a nice surprise. I love these black fuzzy babies. Do I get an awww?
This time the nest is in the middle of the salt marsh, where they have lots of long grass to hide in. Yesterday I saw two chicks from a distance when Mom Moorhen took them for a short swim. Today no such luck, but something to look forward to…
With that I wish you all a wonderful weekend. Peace. ❤ Tiny