Category Archives: Egret

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

They are starting to live closer to each other. Prime nesting spots are hard to find. The Great Blue Herons are always there first and protect the location and small young.

I caught this series as the Great Egret pushed closer and closer to the Heron. Egrets may be the biggest danger to small Heron chicks. The adult Heron, while a docile species, will attack if threatened.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

The following photographs are a good example of aggressive behavior in these rookeries.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

Above, the Great Egret was inching closer to the Heron nest. Finally the Heron stood and warned the Egret to move away.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

Egrets are usually the aggressor and will fight back.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

The Heron had been pushed by the Egrets for some time and ultimately attacked.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

Above the Egret wisely backed off. The Heron had the high ground, was protecting young, and is bigger.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

This time the Heron won the day.

Egrets are nesting in this tree below the Heron so this will be an ongoing battle.

I was pleased to be able to capture this series from start to finish (there were other shots, too many to include). You need to be in the right place at the right time. I was, this time.

 

A Quick Trip Through A Swamp, Egret

I’m not sure where I was in a swamp when I shot this. It is not a place I would choose myself.

A Quick Trip Through A Swamp, Egret
A Quick Trip Through A Swamp, Egret

My guess is I was standing near the marsh area where Egret feed and look for sticks.

A Quick Trip Through A Swamp, Egret
A Quick Trip Through A Swamp, Egret

The reeds and brush in the background are thick and over power the image. I much prefer working for a spot with a darker, or open, water behind.

A Quick Trip Through A Swamp, Egret
A Quick Trip Through A Swamp, Egret

Not that the Great Egrets help one way or the other.

Dedication, Great Egret

Not having a mate didn’t slow this Egret. He went about building the nest himself.

Dedication, Great Egret
Dedication, Great Egret

Males will pick the spot, start, and a female will eventually like what he’s done.

Dedication, Great Egret
Dedication, Great Egret

He still needs to have his mating dance moves though.

Dedication, Great Egret
Dedication, Great Egret
Dedication, Great Egret
Dedication, Great Egret

Why I Shoot Wide, Egret

I had pulled back my lens, as I often do, to catch the full flight of this Great Egret.

The images turned out to be a nice example of keeping perspective in the photographs. There can always be something to show off what it is like in their swamps.

Why I Shoot Wide, Egret
Why I Shoot Wide, Egret

Above we have the Spanish Moss in the frame and below the Egret is an Alligator floating by.

Why I Shoot Wide, Egret
Why I Shoot Wide, Egret

Cypress trees usually are draped in the Moss and their distinct shape adds interest.

Why I Shoot Wide, Egret
Why I Shoot Wide, Egret
Why I Shoot Wide, Egret
Why I Shoot Wide, Egret

The Alligator remained in background. By itself, not in a series, the surrounding area still makes each individual image stand up well.

Why I Shoot Wide, Egret
Why I Shoot Wide, Egret

This same birds flight gave a whole new look when climbing up to the nest. Trees, woods, and resting Cormorants now provide background.

Why I Shoot Wide, Egret
Why I Shoot Wide, Egret

Anyway, this is why I like to shoot a little wider than other photographers.

Stretching After Sitting All Day

This bird was just replaced by the mate after standing guard on the nest all day.

Stretching After Sitting All Day
Stretching After Sitting All Day

They did not have eggs but the nest location will be stolen by others if they leave it alone. Anhingas take all the sticks for their own nests when they can.

Stretching After Sitting All Day
Stretching After Sitting All Day