I've been spending some time at this particular marsh and as you can see from the photos, it has quite the community. And you never know who is going to pop up, fly in or fly by, for that matter.
Over the course of the past months, the reeds & sedges have grown incredibly quickly and lush, providing excellent cover for shy birds, young ducklings & grebes and breeding grounds for dragonflies. Viewing the area can be similar to watching a nature show but with no set programming or cast of characters. It's never boring, that is for certain.
With Autumn, most of the birds will migrate south and come Winter, the pond will be covered by ice. It won't be devoid of life, only the members of the cast will change.
This is "Life In The Marsh".
WHITE-FACED IBIS - Or the velociraptor of the Marsh
Pied-Billed Grebes (Juveniles) - Have you ever seen anything so cute?
Mallard Ducklings - Didn't know their eyes rolled back when they yawn!
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON - During the day, of course
DRAGONFLIES - Thank goodness for dragonflies in a marsh environment