Category Archives: Birds

Anhinga Setting Up House

Certainly not an award winner here yet even getting this type of photograph is not an easy thing. Anhinga built nests in the same rookeries as Herons and Egrets. However, they start around the time Egrets have almost settled in.

That small difference in time frame makes for problems. The trees are starting to leaf out.

Anhinga Setting Up House
Anhinga Setting Up House

Once that starts there are few open opportunities for a clear photograph.

A Reflex Shot, Snowy Egret

I actually caught the bird. I am completely surprised. I had no time to think since I spotted him at the last moment.

Now, what you don’t see. The other 10 really badly missed images, LOL. If I wasn’t using a wildlife setup even this wouldn’t be here.

A Reflex Shot, Snowy Egret
A Reflex Shot, Snowy Egret

When you hear the old ‘gear doesn’t count’, they probably don’t go out to the ‘boonies’¬† very often.

Yellowleg In Marshlands

Yellowlegs are not particularly choosy over where they get food. Give them a stretch of water they can stand in and they are happy.

Yellowleg In Marshlands
Yellowleg In Marshlands

There are two types, but they look almost identical. The bill length is the main difference.

Yellowleg In Marshlands
Yellowleg In Marshlands

They live all along the coasts of the US and Canada. A marsh, swamp, beach, all water with food.

Yellowleg In Marshlands
Yellowleg In Marshlands

At times they will stand in the same spot and bob their head, over and over. The original ‘booble head’.

Yellowleg In Marshlands
Yellowleg In Marshlands
Yellowleg In Marshlands
Yellowleg In Marshlands

Other small wading birds look almost the same, and mix with them in flocks. When out shooting we usually just call them ‘shore birds’ and worry about details later. Way too confusing.

Yellowleg In Marshlands
Yellowleg In Marshlands

Photographed in ACE Basin, South Carolina.