Category Archives: Shore Bird

Double-crested Cormorant, In Flight

Working on these photographs it occurred to me how few in flight Cormorant shots I have taken. They can be tricky flying low like this.

Double-crested Cormorant, In Flight - click to enlarge
Double-crested Cormorant, In Flight – click to enlarge

Also winter might be the only time I am around them in any numbers. Right now they are in both marshes and swamps so I might need to pay more attention.

Click, or double tap, any image below to view the gallery.

 

Anhinga, Watching Over A Swamp

The Anhinga stay in the swamps late winter through the following fall, not quite all year (some do stay). I think they push out the Cormorants when they arrive.

Anhinga, Watching Over A Swamp - click to enlarge
Anhinga, Watching Over A Swamp – click to enlarge

Besides being photogenic it means spring is near. They breed here. They also breed very ugly, freaky looking babies.

My opinion.

A Morning Out In The Fog

All the photographs here are best viewed large. It was foggy after all, so details were sketchy at best.

A Morning Out In The Fog - click to enlarge
A Morning Out In The Fog – click to enlarge

I did manage a few images before the one above. Borderline quality and probably never see the light of day. The distance and fog here made this landscape worthwhile.

A Morning Out In The Fog - click to enlarge
A Morning Out In The Fog – click to enlarge

Double-crested Cormorants took over the ‘spoony’ tree. Here again the weather made for a different look than I usually see.

A Morning Out In The Fog - click to enlarge
A Morning Out In The Fog – click to enlarge

And of course the winter colors here in low light can be stunning.

A Morning Out In The Fog - click to enlarge
A Morning Out In The Fog – click to enlarge

Doesn’t hurt to have some big pink birds in the fore either.

 

White Ibis Mucking Around

Somehow they remain ‘almost’ white.

White Ibis Mucking Around - click to enlarge
White Ibis Mucking Around – click to enlarge

White wading birds have this amazing ability to shed dirt. A trait I could use. Ibis love mud, get dirty, but do keep fairly clean.

To prove this point the Ibis below took a step, and down in a hole. Waist deep in muck he kept on going never missing a step. And, came out white anyway.

White Ibis Mucking Around - click to enlarge
White Ibis Mucking Around – click to enlarge

Click, or double tap, any image below to view the gallery.

Ibis, Digging Around

I caught these White Ibis doing what they do, dig around the muck and mumble to each other.

Ibis, Digging Around - click to enlarge
Ibis, Digging Around – click to enlarge

Surprisingly they moved away slowly, not a loud panic.

Ibis, Digging Around - click to enlarge
Ibis, Digging Around – click to enlarge

One found a nearby branch allowing one more shot. It’s not like I won’t have anyother chance so I moved on. Too much mud to follow anyway

Ibis, Digging Around - click to enlarge
Ibis, Digging Around – click to enlarge

We are about to enter our ‘true’ winter with some cold weather moving in. Ibis are smart enough to shift a little south for a month or so. At least until we get back to normal.