Category Archives: Heron

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.

Dry Marsh, Everyone Was There

Crossing over to a marsh we found…no water.

Best viewed large.

Dry Marsh, Everyone Was There
Dry Marsh, Everyone Was There

I was not walking out for a closer shot.

The shrinking water condensed all the fish into a very small area.

My guess is in an hour there were no fish.

Speaking with the head ranger we found the water was lowered, trunks and water flow blocked, to allow the Widgeon Grass seeds to finish sprouting. In a few days the seed will be out and the marsh opened up to water. The water will spread the seed all through the area, basically planting the wild grasses to support the wildlife.

Pretty clever.

The water level is controlled using the same ‘trunk’ methods from the last 300 years. The first trunks here were setup by enslaved people from Barbados and West Africa for rice growth.

Great Blue Flight

Most of the in flight shots lately have been Great Egret. They are the most active at this point.

However the Herons do come and go, even repair the nests.

Great Blue Flight
Great Blue Flight

This Heron went to the reeds, a favorite for everybody out here.

Great Blue Flight
Great Blue Flight
Great Blue Flight
Great Blue Flight

I’m not sure what was needed but this is all he picked up.

Great Blue Flight
Great Blue Flight

He was sent off a few more times so perhaps this did not exactly fill the need.

Herons, Using A Long Lens For Fun

I knew given enough time these shots could be fun.

I needed time to change my angle and composition, but it worked.

Herons, Using A Long Lens For Fun
Herons, Using A Long Lens For Fun

Above a Tricolored Heron came by and perched on top of an old dead Cypress Tree. It’s always a nice image when they do little things like this.

Herons, Using A Long Lens For Fun
Herons, Using A Long Lens For Fun

It’s even better when there is more to the story, like above.

Right below the Tricolored was a Great Blue chick. Bigger than the guy up top, but this was all new to the youngster.

He shifted his eyes up, not moving much but he had that ‘OMG, What the…’ thing going on.

Eventually the Tricolored flew back to one of the islands but he did give the little guy an idea of the ‘new wide world’ around the rookery.