Weekly Puzzler #149: Will Dance for Food

Years ago when I was in Florida on a photography trip I had the chance to photograph this next amazing bird with the help of a long lens that I rented. This bird is fascinating to watch because he runs around in the water as if he is dancing, running this way and then that way, all the while herding fish so he can stab them with his sharp beak. It is fun to watch! In hindsight I should have taken some movies of this.

Do you recognize this bird? (Hint: It is NOT a heron)heron-2-3


heron--6If you want to guess, use the comment box below. All correct guesses will be entered in the quarterly drawing for a free photo prize–the next drawing will be on the first day of summer–in June.

See you again soon!

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  1. Arden May 20, 2017 at 10:28 am #

    My guess, the reddish egret. In all my years visiting Florida, I have not had the pleasure of seeing his dance.

    • Sharon Mammoser May 20, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

      And your guess would be correct! I will check my video files to see if I taped it– sometimes I get so caught up in Photography that I don’t think to use the video feature. They are fun to watch when they are dancing for food, as they say.

  2. Claire May 20, 2017 at 3:30 pm #

    I think it is a Glossy Ibis. Saw one at Cape May years ago.

    • Sharon Mammoser May 22, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

      Claire, thanks for reading and taking time to guess. It is not a glossy ibis.

  3. Joe May 21, 2017 at 11:55 am #

    I remember him well.

    • Sharon Mammoser May 22, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

      Yes, he was great fun to watch and photograph! We were in the right place at the right time. (and had the right lens!)