Category Archives: Heron

Almost Everybody Was Here, Marsh Birds

Two fun shots trying to capture as many different birds as possible. Shot too far, too wide, but a big collection. And of course a few Alligators way in the back. The list I found is below.

Almost Everybody Was Here, Marsh Birds
Almost Everybody Was Here, Marsh Birds
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Yellow-legs
  • Tricolored Heron
  • Gallinule
  • Grackles
Almost Everybody Was Here, Marsh Birds
Almost Everybody Was Here, Marsh Birds

The second shot was taken as I walked a little closer. Here there are four different bird species.

Cold Marsh Morning, Heron

Last week we walked a trail running along side a large rice field. The corner edges of these fields have high dike walls keeping the old fresh water fields separate from the salt marshes. There’s always a good chance something is tucked into these corners.

This time it was a large adult Great Blue Heron.

Cold Marsh Morning, Heron
Cold Marsh Morning, Heron

I took a few shots trying to catch reflections, then moved on.

Cold Marsh Morning, Heron
Cold Marsh Morning, Heron

Coming back a while later the only change was the big guy facing in a different direction. Probably keeping ‘half an eye’ on the interlopers going by.

Little Blue In Shallow Water

The changing levels of water have brought the smaller herons closer to the dikes. The levels have been both up and down now probably replenishing the food sources several times.

Little Blue In Shallow Water
Little Blue In Shallow Water

This spot was being prepped for a controlled burn but the weather keeps changing. Dike walls need constant pressure from all sides to prevent any sections from collapsing. The reeds may never dry at this rate.