Category Archives: Birds

Egret As A Model

Being a very cooperative model.

Sometimes a bird will stay and almost pose, like a model.

Egret As A Model
Egret As A Model

I try to shift and move, just a little, to get a different angle, maybe change the shadow. All the time being careful not to scare him away.

Egret As A Model
Egret As A Model

And then suddenly, I realize I have 50 photographs almost exactly the same. He has infinite patience and knows I’ll just leave him sooner or later LOL.

At that point it’s time to develop some in new ways.

Monochrome, Tricolor

While out the other day this Tricolored Heron perched in a small tree along a trail. The sky was flat and I hoped it might make a good background for a silhouette shot.

Monochrome, Tricolor
Monochrome, Tricolor

It turned out there was much more detail captured with the image.

This was the first photograph of the day. I wanted a simple image to start with.

Not only did the sky, and marsh brighten in a few minutes, this Heron keep his spot for hours. I also have a few nice color ones, but they were taken hours later when I walked past leaving the trail.

 

Changing Marshes, Great Blue Heron

Behind this Heron is a huge marsh, salt and tidal. When low tide a good spot for them to hunt. Crossing over the dike, like here, goes to a fresh water marshland.

Changing Marshes, Great Blue Heron
Changing Marshes, Great Blue Heron

A dirt road runs along the dike top here and is a small highway for the birds and Alligators. Each side is lined with ‘gator trails’ going up and down the sides.

Changing Marshes, Great Blue Heron
Changing Marshes, Great Blue Heron

Woods can be seen at the end of this curve. With the different types of environment all meeting here there is any number of animals around.

Stowaways On The Shrimp Boats

Sitting in the rigging of a shrimp boat.

Stowaways On The Shrimp Boats
Stowaways On The Shrimp Boats

With their necks all twisted around, watching me, and one sound asleep you can’t help but smile they look so comical.

Stowaways On The Shrimp Boats
Stowaways On The Shrimp Boats

Everyone loves the Pelican.

Stowaways On The Shrimp Boats
Stowaways On The Shrimp Boats

Love The Landings, Wood Storks

Every time I see a flock of Wood Storks I try to get the ‘grand entrance’.

Love The Landings, Wood Storks
Love The Landings, Wood Storks

One of the privileges of being a wildlife photographer is captures like these.

Love The Landings, Wood Storks
Love The Landings, Wood Storks
Love The Landings, Wood Storks
Love The Landings, Wood Storks

Not many people ever get to witness these scenes. I know how fortunate I am.

Love The Landings, Wood Storks
Love The Landings, Wood Storks

Green Heron All Whipped Up

And yes, another series with a Green Heron. Taken from a different environment though. This bird was hiding in a low hanging Live Oak filled with Spanish Moss.

Green Heron All Whipped Up
Green Heron All Whipped Up

When they get excited, or angry, all the feathers on their head stand right up, like a crown.  This is not a scene I see or photograph often.

Green Heron All Whipped Up
Green Heron All Whipped Up

It might have been because the Heron had few other places to hide here. The branches were hanging low over a river bank.

Green Heron All Whipped Up
Green Heron All Whipped Up

Whatever did set him off finally caused him to drop down, away from my sight and ultimately a quick flight over the river.