Sometimes you've got an itch so bad you forget you're having a really bad hair day. Right? This Snowy Egret shows how its knees are build so that it can get its feet and claws up by the neck and face when needed. They spend a lot of time grooming themselves and picking off bugs and clingy things.
This is at the rookery at Audubon Park -- an island in the center of the lagoon that wraps around much of the golf course. It's a little late in the summer so there are fewer nests and herons and egrets at the rookery. Much of the top of the tree has been abandoned for the lower and shadier spots. But there are still some birds making preparations to expand their family. A blue heron kept flying past me the other day with twigs and small branches..