Category Archives: Birds

Ibis Overhead

This year looks to belong to the White Ibis. They are common, and seeing them is not unusual, except the numbers of them.

Ibis Overhead - click to enlarge
Ibis Overhead – click to enlarge

At first I assumed a larger flock (these captured here) was passing through the swamps.

Ibis Overhead - click to enlarge
Ibis Overhead – click to enlarge

However, a few weeks ago we watched huge flocks out in the larger marshes. I have read there are less Ibis in Florida, which always has gazillions. Perhaps the past storms have changed the habitat somewhat.

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Blue Filter, Herons

Photographed in a location that will give a back lit image just about every early spring evening.

Blue Filter, Herons - click to enlarge
Blue Filter, Herons – click to enlarge
Blue Filter, Herons - click to enlarge
Blue Filter, Herons – click to enlarge

Typically these shots will have a golden glow, and it’s nice. But I wanted something a little different.

Blue Filter, Herons - click to enlarge
Blue Filter, Herons – click to enlarge

Above is the same filter strength as all the others, either a cloud or sun dropped enough at that moment to change the light.

I Could Not Step Back Fast Enough, Heron

I came on this Great Blue while walking on a back trail. Brush prevented any open shots so I ignored him and kept walking (BTW, this works some times. If too close just don’t look at them and they think you can’t see them…no really).

I Could Not Step Back Fast Enough, Heron - click to enlarge
I Could Not Step Back Fast Enough, Heron – click to enlarge

When I was very close he surprised me and jumped up and flew into the open.

I Could Not Step Back Fast Enough, Heron - click to enlarge
I Could Not Step Back Fast Enough, Heron – click to enlarge

He filled the long lens so I did the best I could. These are a little too close but at least you can see the details of this big bird.

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Ibis Moving In

My usual publishing will probably slow down over the next few days. Projects and updating our portfolio of images  (hundreds) has finally caught up.

However we are shooting daily and always writing. This group of Ibis is one of the recent subjects. They have moved to the South Carolina rookeries, and look to be missing just south of us in Florida.

Ibis Moving In – click to enlarge

I plan to check this for myself since this is one more example of changing climate.

The small swamp island above is now a new home to White Ibis.

White Ibis Watching Below

I liked these because the scene is very stark and simple. And the bird was watching all the chaos below as if enjoying it.

White Ibis Watching Below - click to enlarge
White Ibis Watching Below – click to enlarge

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Anhinga Takes Over New Platform

The Anhinga is the only local to like the new construction.

Anhinga Takes Over New Platform - click to enlarge
Anhinga Takes Over New Platform – click to enlarge

One of the local swamps is getting some much needed water flow repair. It is part of a hundreds year old rice plantation and who knows when the ditches and pipes were last fixed.

Anhinga Takes Over New Platform - click to enlarge
Anhinga Takes Over New Platform – click to enlarge

Ducks Unlimited, a national conservation group, is involved to be sure wildlife is considered (not too mention the money is from them).

A few new wooden wildlife platforms were added to replace the Alligator / Bird chewed old ones.

Anhinga Takes Over New Platform - click to enlarge
Anhinga Takes Over New Platform – click to enlarge

Turns out that so far no one wants the clean ones. All the locals have just taken space in the middle of any trails if they want to dry out.