As I watched the birds on the beach at sunrise on a recent trip, I noticed their actions reminded me of my own morning routine. Perhaps yours is similar.
Do you start with a wash? This sandpiper decided not to dip under the water for its wash. No, instead he or she was sucking up the saltwater and squirting it directly at the area of the wings that needed cleaning.
Then a friend joined in the morning washing.
Sometimes, the desired spot is a little hard to reach.
I’m not certain about the species of this sandpiper but believe it may be the Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus).
Then do you grab a bit of breakfast before you fly off? Do you fix something at home or grab something on the go?
Yum, that clam was good.
But I think I want a bit more. I wonder what might be in the refrigerator, pantry or beneath the surface?
I thank this Little Blue Heron, Egretta caerulea, for allowing me to watch as he or she ate breakfast. I do like watching animals enjoy their food.
People think we’re so different from animals in the wild, but we aren’t, really. We all have our morning routines.
Book Note: My book publisher, Lyric Power Publishing LLC, publishes workbooks of activity sheets to supplement my children’s science books that are written in fun rhymes or adventure tales, such as The Dragon of Nani Cave. This one, Flannel Boards and Standup Animals, is full of Caribbean island animals to make for educational purposes or just for fun. Pick up a copy for the kids today and enjoy some hands-on family time!