People who have seen this prior to publishing seem to think, with documentation, this bird may be almost ready to lay an egg.
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If so she better find a place to land quickly. However I think it’s too early, they breed in April/May not January.
Actually I’m just happy to get these shots. Black-crowned Night Herons are very fast and usually shots like these are not very good.
In the above you can still see some feathers from her full torso.
You be the judge, we will never really know. Makes a good story though.
Each night flocks of White Ibis arrive in this swamp to spend the night.
As luck would have it they picked a nearby Bald Cypress tree this evening.
Another oddly difficult bird for me to photo now, female Mallard.
I need to think of them as ‘city ducks’ so I remember where to find them.
Up north the sight of a Robin meant spring was coming. Here it’s the ‘bridal feathers’ of the Great Egret.
This guy is really getting himself ready a bit early, but I’ll take it.
Phoebes like to stay along the edge of a swamp here.
They are a true creature of habit. If you watch them they will drop down over the water, swoop up and move between two different perches.
Find a good spot by one of the perches and wait. There’s a good chance you can get multiple shots.
He found a nest site, maybe even last years.
Now he will sit and wait for his female to come back.
Swamp Rookery, Charleston, South Carolina.
I must have seen 30- 40 Night Herons the other day. Adults and juveniles.
They were fast, hiding in trees, and seemed to be following Ellen. Obviously she had more luck than me.
Another bird we don’t see often in marshes or swamps.
Alligators must love these guy’s.
Taken in Magnolia Cemetery Lagoon, Charleston, South Carolina.