Category Archives: Shore Bird

White Ibis – Dark Swamp

Photographed in a spot that has been reclaimed by a swamp.

White Ibis - Dark Swamp
White Ibis – Dark Swamp

The last two years this has been dry and empty of anything except a passing hawk.

The water has flowed back this year and the first to move in have been White Ibis.

A few trips back there did provide additional images still to be finished. I have been trying to catch up in chronological order while waiting out the pandemic.

Lady Anhinga

I thought this would be a single photograph, the Anhinga sitting and drying her wings. She did me one better and gave me a small series of images.

Lady Anhinga
Lady Anhinga

At first it was a basic, probably nothing shot. The big feet were the most interesting thing.

Lady Anhinga
Lady Anhinga

But she turned around and stared right at me with that ‘goofy’ look they can give.

Lady Anhinga
Lady Anhinga

Suddenly something caught her eye…under the water.

Lady Anhinga
Lady Anhinga

She gave a hard look around. Nothing.

Then turned her back on me.

I moved on because she was obviously finished with me.

Keep Out Of Their Path, Pelican

This is a good angle to catch just what an ‘eating machine’ a group like this can be.

Keep Out Of Their Path, Pelican
Keep Out Of Their Path, Pelican

It’s an organized line, all slowly moving forward…big pouches open.

Keep Out Of Their Path, Pelican
Keep Out Of Their Path, Pelican

I am pretty amazed at these shoots. The Pelican were at the perfect distance, moving at a perfect speed.

Keep Out Of Their Path, Pelican
Keep Out Of Their Path, Pelican

How often does that happen!

Showing The Ladies, Anhinga

This guy was ‘struttin his stuff’. And that’s hard for an Anhinga. Those huge, flat, webbed feet don’t hang on branches very well. In fact I’ve seen them fall out of trees.

Showing The Ladies, Anhinga
Showing The Ladies, Anhinga

The Anhinga dance is different than others in the rookery. He hangs on, sits up, and spins his wings…backwards.

It’s a bouncing back stroke.

I have added photographs in a gallery here for easier viewing of the show. Click the first image below to view in order.

A Morning Pelican

The blue hour  is the period of twilight (in the morning or evening, around the nautical stage) when the Sun is at a significant depth below the horizon and residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue shade, which differs from the one visible during most of a clear day, which is caused by Rayleigh scattering. (Wikipedia)

A Morning Pelican
A Morning Pelican

Wikipedia is much better at describing things. LOL