Category Archives: Heron

On The Hunt, Great Blue Heron

This Heron was hunting along the edge of a large man made pond. Just off behind was a perfectly good swamp, but this is where he chose.

On The Hunt, Great Blue Heron
On The Hunt, Great Blue Heron

He was working this spot hard too.

On The Hunt, Great Blue HeronOn The Hunt, Great Blue Heron
On The Hunt, Great Blue Heron

I was leaving the area when I noticed him, they generally are smart hunters so I waited around to see what he would do.

On The Hunt, Great Blue HeronOn The Hunt, Great Blue Heron
On The Hunt, Great Blue Heron

Slow and methodical work. For me, like watching paint dry. Everything was so slow he was killing me.

On The Hunt, Great Blue Heron
On The Hunt, Great Blue Heron

The Heron kept up his slow motion moves. Finally I had to change my spot.

On The Hunt, Great Blue Heron
On The Hunt, Great Blue Heron

As soon as I had a tree between us………. He got his fish.

Me, of course I missed the catch. At least he finally had something. Bad luck for the fish.

Little Blue Heron, The Slow Hunt

These smaller Herons take their time when hunting in a swamp. The water is never clear so they watch for the slightest movement.

Little Blue Heron, The Slow Hunt
Little Blue Heron, The Slow Hunt

When out in marshes a Little Blue seems to change tactics and move faster.

Little Blue Heron, The Slow Hunt
Little Blue Heron, The Slow Hunt

This location is dense and dark. Patience is the important thing here.

Little Blue Heron, The Slow Hunt
Little Blue Heron, The Slow Hunt
Little Blue Heron, The Slow Hunt
Little Blue Heron, The Slow Hunt

And sometimes, like this, nothing can be found. The Heron moved on shortly after this.

Yellow-crowned

These Herons always look a little awkward to me. The best I can come up with is a resemblance to a ‘bobble head’ doll. They even walk like it.

Yellow-crowned
Yellow-crowned

There are a few spots along the large marshes here where they breed. But I don’t see as many as the other Herons.

Yellow-crowned
Yellow-crowned

This particular bird was off away from the dike and didn’t seem to feel uncomfortable with me walking by.

Yellow-crowned
Yellow-crowned

He gave us plenty of opportunity to take a number of shots.

The most striking thing about Night Herons are their ruby red eyes. An amazing deep red.

Yellow-crowned
Yellow-crowned

Like all Night Heron when young they have no striking colors at all. A plain brown, and stripped, camouflage .

Yellow-crowned
Yellow-crowned

Typically they are shy birds, except for the Charleston flock.

Every year a large group of Yellow-crowns build nests in the trees at the very tip of the city, where it meets the ocean and harbor.

There, in the battery park with the Civil War canons, they have young. And… make a pretty big mess on the thousands of tourists that visit the spot.

Another ‘You can’t make this stuff up’ moment.

 

A Little Blue Heron

There is a corner in this swamp that only gets light for a short time each day. At times it’s even too dark for any photographs at all…we still try.

A Little Blue Heron
A Little Blue Heron

If the sun wasn’t coming through the tree canopy I would have missed him and walked right by.

A Little Blue Heron
A Little Blue Heron

The colors on the birds head and tip of the bill will fade soon. These are still the breeding shades.

A Little Blue Heron
A Little Blue Heron

Edge Of A Marsh

Whenever I come to the edge of a marsh, the first open area, I try ‘sneak’ in. Basically walk slow, no noise, blend in with any background.  Stepping out into the open from woods gives any animals the advantage. They will spot you first, every time.

Of course that means there is something there to see you. Certainly not always true.

Edge Of A Marsh
Edge Of A Marsh

However as I stepped out a Green Heron jumped up on an overhang, ready to exit if needed.

Edge Of A Marsh
Edge Of A Marsh

Not far down the marsh Great Blue Herons were suddenly watching me too.

Edge Of A Marsh
Edge Of A Marsh
Edge Of A Marsh
Edge Of A Marsh

So my skulking along worked. I was able to get the shots before the fled.

OK, they actually went nowhere. I took the shots and they went about their business. I moved on first. But it’s still a good idea.

Bird Key Residents

One of those times when you don’t know where to look first. At this spot on the Key I decided to just focus and shoot.

Below should be viewed on a large screen.

Bird Key Residents
Bird Key Residents

Looking through the ‘crowd’ here you can find Pelicans, White Ibis, Gulls, Egrets, Herons, and I’m sure some other shore birds.

Bird Key Residents
Bird Key Residents

What was a little unnerving was how many others were overhead, and behind the boat.

Bird Key Residents
Bird Key Residents

More than a few swimming nearby too.