Category Archives: Birds

Adult Black-crowned Night Heron

Lately I have published several juvenile Night Herons, but this may be one of my best examples of an Adult Black-crowned.

Adult Black-crowned Night Heron - click to enlarge
Adult Black-crowned Night Heron – click to enlarge

This bird has all the colors, especially the ruby red eyes and green shading around the bill.

Adult Black-crowned Night Heron - click to enlarge
Adult Black-crowned Night Heron – click to enlarge

You can even see the long flowing top knot plume.

He sat on the wooden posts that make up the dike water gate, trunk, and let me take all these photographs. Night herons are notoriously shy so I was extremely fortunate with this one.

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

Dike Was Crowded, Wood Storks

This was the scene looking down the open space on top of the dike. A crowd had formed.

Dike Was Crowded, Wood Storks - click to enlarge
Dike Was Crowded, Wood Storks – click to enlarge

With the tall grasses this can only be seen when looking down the length of the dike.

Because nothing could be seen this group felt perfectly safe.

Dike Was Crowded, Wood Storks - click to enlarge
Dike Was Crowded, Wood Storks – click to enlarge
Dike Was Crowded, Wood Storks - click to enlarge
Dike Was Crowded, Wood Storks – click to enlarge

When we see things like this we don’t disturb them. There are plenty of other places to walk. Besides, I got the shot.

Willet, Tidal Pool

I usually see these birds at the shore. They do frequent larger marsh ponds, just not as many. There is so much water around here they are really common.

Willet, Tidal Pools - click to enlarge
Willet, Tidal Pools – click to enlarge

Getting photographs like these are a welcome change from marsh and swamp shots. I don’t think any easier but lighting and angles are different.

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

Night Heron, Juvenile

One of us is losing it… the web site or me.

Night Heron, Juvenile - click to enlarge
Night Heron, Juvenile – click to enlarge

I was sure this was published yesterday, or the day before. However I can not find the article here.

So, a young Night Heron ( I said something about camouflage, not seeing it at first, blah, blah. Good thing I’m taking some time off).

Another ‘Grand Entrance’ Series, Egret

We also call this the ‘Ta Da’ moment.

The other day the Great Egrets were flying in, and out, of this dead tree continuously. For a while I was able to stand under a few big trees and catch multiple series.

Another 'Grand Entrance' Series - click to enlarge
Another ‘Grand Entrance’ Series – click to enlarge

I don’t know why but most times the big birds fly in a little low and climb upwards at the last moment. I assume it’s to slow down and land upright easier.

It makes for a great photographic action series if you catch it right and get the sequence in clear shots.

Another 'Grand Entrance' Series - click to enlarge
Another ‘Grand Entrance’ Series – click to enlarge

Shooting at a minimum of 10 images a second will catch most all the action. Which to me means I need to pay attention to what settings I’m using. I switch around at times to keep the noise from my shutter clicks to a minimum.

Click, or double tap, and image below to view the gallery.

Spoonbills… Being Spoonbills

Spoonbills are just ‘goofy’ birds. And they do ‘goofy’ things.

Spoonbills... Being Spoonbills - click to enlarge
Spoonbills… Being Spoonbills – click to enlarge

They always climb on things. if there were 3 sticks, flat on the ground, they would be climbing all over them… I’ve seen it.

Spoonbills... Being Spoonbills - click to enlarge
Spoonbills… Being Spoonbills – click to enlarge

The following photographs show one that insists on standing on the very top. It doesn’t matter he can’t fit there. The other 2 look on and finally one just acts like he is laughing at the climber.

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

Ultimately everyone found a spot to rest on.

Spoonbills... Being Spoonbills - click to enlarge
Spoonbills… Being Spoonbills – click to enlarge