Category Archives: Heron

Black And White Blue (Heron)

A young Great Blue Heron learning to use his wings, and now actually fly.

I watched this juvenile flap like crazy, get some height, and frantically fly to the tall trees on the edge of the swamp.

After a rest he returned to the safety of the nest.

Black And White Blue (Heron)
Black And White Blue (Heron)

Down below is a swamp, and Alligators. Incentive to make to the trees.

I’ve never seen one not get over there. Still, I’m sure the birds are terrified the first few times.

 

The Small Herons Have The Rookery Now

The big guys have left rookeries, even most of the Egrets.

The nesting seasons are based on size (observation). The last to use the rookery are the smaller Night Herons.

The Small Herons Have The Rookery Now
The Small Herons Have The Rookery Now

This Black-crowned dropped out of a nesting island and passed in front of me. Fast flyers but I can grab these shots now, months of practice and missed shots.

I also know I will have much fewer opportunities like this come late fall and winter.

Next spring, no way I could shoot this. Every year it’s the same thing… I am rusty and need to start figuring them out all over again.

 

Leaving The Rookery

These are some of the last photographs of a Great Blue in this rookery. Some stay around after the young birds fledge, but not long.

Leaving The Rookery
Leaving The Rookery

These Herons are solitary and will keep to themselves until around January here. At that point they come back to the same nesting places and start claiming the best spots.

Leaving The Rookery
Leaving The Rookery

By A Dike, Great Blue

Taken in the ACE Basin in an old rice field.

By A Dike, Great Blue
By A Dike, Great Blue

The area is a patch work of hundreds, if not thousands, of old rice fields and marshes. They are all linked by an equally huge number of dikes and ‘trunks’ controlling the flow of water.

These areas are the largest migratory stops in the eastern US. Tropical even make this a year round home.

By A Dike, Great Blue
By A Dike, Great Blue

Great Blue Herons, like these images, are just about everywhere.

 

 

Making An Escape, Night Heron

A few fast shots of a Black-crowned Night Heron making a ‘speedy escape’ into the woods.

Making An Escape, Night Heron
Making An Escape, Night Heron
Making An Escape, Night Heron
Making An Escape, Night Heron

Shooting wide allowed me to make the shots. When a fast bird makes a flight like this you need all the help you can get.

Making An Escape, Night Heron
Making An Escape, Night Heron

The dark, and vivid green is what made this shot.

Can’t Always Have A Nice Background, Little Blue Heron

They live in swamps, and that means mud. If it’s really bad I may skip the shot. However, if I worried about mud and muck too much this web site would be a lot smaller.

Can't Always Have A Nice Background, Little Blue Heron
Can’t Always Have A Nice Background, Little Blue Heron
Can't Always Have A Nice Background, Little Blue Heron
Can’t Always Have A Nice Background, Little Blue Heron

Taken some place in the Lowcountry… best I’ve got.

Black-crowned, Close Pass

This was a ‘sooner or later’ photograph. The rookery was on my left, the thickets on my right.

I knew his path to get sticks, I knew where he would get those sticks.

I just didn’t know when he would zoom past me.

Black-crowned, Close Pass
Black-crowned, Close Pass

This flight he came past us much closer than the others. I caught this, and of course missed plenty of the easier ones a little further away.