Finding Snow on The Beach

Biodiversity is an intriguing concept. The interdependency of animals from the same ecosystem is an epitome of harmonious living. There is predator and there is prey, but both populations rely on one another to progress and procreate successfully. The animal world flows through a food chain, taking only what will be restored. Humans on the other hand follow a different path.

Last Week, I was able to go explore South Lido Beach with my Biodiversity class.It was a cold day but a beautiful day. The wind was overwhelming and the water resembled silk. The sun illuminated the crevices of the forest, and allowed escape from the crippling cold. I felt nostalgic as we walked through the trails with a child-like curiosity and explored the environment around us. The first “creature’ I found was long from the bottom and abruptly square-like on the top. It sat in the sand directly below me, gleaming in the sunlight. It was a tiny bright green shovel. I looked around, but there were no miniature gardeners in sight. Therefore, the only conclusion was that it had been abandoned, and it’s new purpose would be to abrupt the ecosystem of South Lido Beach. Thus, began my excursion.

As we walked along the coast we saw an array of birds, each aesthetically unique. They calmly treaded the shallow waters, exuding grace and beauty. I watched the Snowy Egret walk with a balletic gait. The bird’s rhythmic movement was impervious to the intense winds. The Egret and it’s head stayed closely rested in it’s shoulders. The creature seemed almost angelic as the sun shone above it’s head.

The Snowy Egret often breed along coastlines. Their habitats range from mudflats and marshes to ponds and swamps. These birds are known to be slightly hostile within their own species as they often cannot recognize one another after having left the nest. Even when attempting to mate, the bird must perform an elaborate greeting ritual to avoid being attacked as an intruder. The Snowy Egrets are buoyant due to their steady fast wings. Their diet includes crustaceans, insects and fish. The Egrets often choose more urbanized nesting locations due to the lack of predators. Moreover, Snowy Egrets have an innate recognition and avoidance to poisonous snakes. These traits amplify the significance of encountering such a wonderful species on a simple excursion. It was a small miracle, like finding snow on the beach.

imageCopyright © Fraser Brooks

http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/48/overview/Snowy_Egret.aspx

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One thought on “Finding Snow on The Beach

  1. I enjoyed reading your passionate words for these birds. I never have seen or heard of them until I moved to florida. They are cute little birds, I like how white and fluffy they look, which makes them unique. I found it interesting that these birds would be attacked during a matting call if the call was not elaborate enough, it just goes to show how animals you would’t think had much of a brain turn out to be very intelligent creatures.

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