In the recent cold spells, the birds tried to stay warm as well.

Birds keep warm with help of an accelerated metabolism. But the higher heart rate also brings along a higher stress levels, which could possibly have a negative impact on nesting rates this spring. However, nesting rates are also dependent on water levels, so if we see little flooding within the next three months, all is not lost.

The best bet to find wading birds during a cold norther is inside a lagoon sheltered by shrubs. Despite the lack of sunshine, the pink feathers of this flock of roseate spoonbills still managed to stand out as the birds took off with a gust of wind.

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Steve Fouga

Probably my wife's favorite local bird. We spent many hours seeking the perfect photo online (we're not photographers ourselves). We then convinced the photographer to allow us to purchase a print. He eventually became enthusiastic about our request, and my wife ended up with a beautifully mounted, very striking print on her office wall.

Ellen Morrison

Jake, I think most islanders are proud of our exotic birds - the Rosie, the Ibis and the Sandhill (Sand Hill?) come to mind. They are so much fun to see!

I'd like to thank the paper for starting this blog. It really adds something to the online edition.

And lastly, I'd like to thank Ms. Amiet for agreeing to do it! Lovely little vignettes!

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