Category Archives: Charleston

Passing Through, Great Egret

In mixed rookeries like this one certain times of the day the air gets busy, and crowded.

Passing Through, Great Egret
Passing Through, Great Egret
Passing Through, Great Egret
Passing Through, Great Egret

Some birds stick close to the islands and trees which makes getting focus harder. If you grab a branch the bird is long gone before you can fix it.

Passing Through, Great Egret
Passing Through, Great Egret

 

I had Company, Alligator

So, I made the turn and there he was. Soaking up some of the heat.

This trail is wide and he wasn’t all that big. He did have someone further down past him a bit stumped though.

I had Company, Alligator
I had Company, Alligator

Right here a ‘nature train’ may drive past with visiting tourist from the old planation up the road. He would move for that.

I’m not something that concerns him. He probably grew up with that tram and the ohh’s and ahh’s of out of town visitors.

I had Company, Alligator
I had Company, Alligator

He watched me, I watched him. I walked by, he fell back asleep.

 

Blue Sky – White Bird, Egret

Lately most shots of Egrets have not had much color in the sky.

Blue Sky - White Bird, Egret
Blue Sky – White Bird, Egret

I tend to meter on the white bird, helps with details. However the background can be either much less or too much color.

Blue Sky - White Bird, Egret
Blue Sky – White Bird, Egret
Blue Sky - White Bird, Egret
Blue Sky – White Bird, Egret

This Egret was further out, a longer shot, and I had basic settings.

I think it worked well until white clouds were behind the Egret at his highest ascent.

Everything is a trade off.

 

Night Heron Passing Through Rookery

It’s time for the next phase in rookeries, the smaller wading birds.

Night Heron Passing Through Rookery
Night Heron Passing Through Rookery

This is a Black-crowned Night Heron who blew by heading out to one of the islands. A few were moving around so I was prepared, at least thinking about, a fly by.

Night Heron Passing Through Rookery
Night Heron Passing Through Rookery

Night Herons like to nest in the thick palms with plenty of cover. They still want the protection of a rookery, but more dense. This makes it harder to get many photographs since they are hidden.

Night Heron Passing Through Rookery
Night Heron Passing Through Rookery

In the last image above you can see part of the Egret rookery as he flew past.

These birds are fairly hard to catch in flight so I was surprised to get three images. I’m happy with one, this many is a bonus for me.