Category Archives: Birds

A Spoonbill Disagreement

One of the most calm, really easy going, birds in the marshes are Roseate Spoonbills. Maybe a snap here and there, but not much more.

However, once in a while things do get testy.

A Spoonbill Disagreement
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Something set these 2 juveniles off and suddenly it was loud. Spoonbills snap that big bill like a Spanish dancers castanet.

A Spoonbill Disagreement
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I wasn’t all that far away so I did catch most of tussle. One moved off and neither were hurt, except pride. Click, or double tap, any image to view the gallery.

Early Morning Egret

After sunrise, but before full sun, getting a good shot can be ‘interesting’. Too many times there isn’t enough light. But here the water acted like a reflector and held some of the sunrise colors.

Early Morning Egret - click to enlarge
Early Morning Egret – click to enlarge

Technically I should have tried for more light, maybe exposure compensation. Glad I didn’t since I would have washed the shot of color.

Double Crested Cormorant Shaking Dry

Like the Anhinga these birds must leave the water to dry their feathers. Here the bird is shaking and flapping to get dry.

Double Crested Cormorant Shaking Dry - click to enlarge
Double Crested Cormorant Shaking Dry – click to enlarge

I’m not sure why but the number of Cormorants in the marsh looks to be less this year. No proof, just a thought.

Double Crested Cormorant Shaking Dry - click to enlarge
Double Crested Cormorant Shaking Dry – click to enlarge

This was the only one I noticed all day.

I wouldn’t swim here either, maybe the most Alligators in one area isĀ  under this tree.

Double Crested Cormorant Shaking Dry - click to enlarge
Double Crested Cormorant Shaking Dry – click to enlarge

Night Heron, Perched Over A Marsh Canal

This juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron sat in a dark, and muddy, spot.

Night Heron, Perched Over A Marsh Canal - click to enlarge
Night Heron, Perched Over A Marsh Canal – click to enlarge

The canal here runs through a big marsh and water flows with the tides. It’s fresh water being pushed by the wide flat marsh. It also can push into the old rice fields when a wooden water gate (a trunk) is open.

Night Heron, Perched Over A Marsh Canal - click to enlarge
Night Heron, Perched Over A Marsh Canal – click to enlarge

The light here was dim but perfect for catching the ruby colored eyes of a Night Heron.

Great Blue Flight, Pretty Short

How often do you get to photograph a full take off, and landing, at the same time! Not something that happens a lot.

Great Blue Flight, Pretty Short - click to enlarge
Great Blue Flight, Pretty Short – click to enlarge

The Heron wanted to get the top spot in a tree. There was an Egret and Spoonbill already here. Rather than jump using the branches he took off and flew over them, gaining the high ground.

Great Blue Flight, Pretty Short - click to enlarge
Great Blue Flight, Pretty Short – click to enlarge

I was already focused on the bird when I noticed the ‘bent knee’ signal. I started shooting right away. I wasn’t using a fast camera here so I was doubly pleased to catch this.

Click, or double tap, any image to view the gallery.

The Heron was pretty pleased too. Took the best seat without any argument from the other birds.

Eagle On A Stick

There’s a story here, big surprise.

Eagle On A Stick - click to enlarge
Eagle On A Stick – click to enlarge

I cross a rural bridge whenever we travel to the one of the large marshes. It’s the type of bridge that has a steep incline, like to have a sail boat pass underneath. The river and inlets look to be rapids, maybe knee deep. But maybe some day, who knows.

Eagle On A Stick - click to enlarge
Eagle On A Stick – click to enlarge

The scenery is spectacular, a wide vista of marsh and rivers. I am convinced there will be wildlife everywhere each time we cross.

Never! Ever! Nothing.

Except the other day, this beautiful Bald Eagle on this ugly pole. Beauty all around, he picks this. At the top of the humpy back bridge.

I was shocked to see him, and of course as I stopped (never other cars, but you never know) he turned and we were at eye level.

I got the famous Bald Eagle ‘stink eye’ look for bothering him.

Eagle On A Stick - click to enlarge
Eagle On A Stick – click to enlarge

That’s it. I was dismissed, told to move on.

I did.