Category Archives: This and That

Up Above The Swamp, Herons

This is a small set of photographs taken at a wider angle. Here some perspective is provided about the general environment the birds are living in.

Up Above The Swamp, Herons - click to enlarge
Up Above The Swamp, Herons – click to enlarge

Some nests are in larger tress, on an island within this swamp. The thick branches grow out over the water.

Up Above The Swamp, Herons - click to enlarge
Up Above The Swamp, Herons – click to enlarge

Above, closer to the old island trees multiple nests have begin.

Up Above The Swamp, Herons - click to enlarge
Up Above The Swamp, Herons – click to enlarge

Last here is a the top of a single cypress tree living in the swamp water. Each year these cypress become homes for multiple Heron and Egret nests.

For the next 6 months the next generation of southern wildlife will begin here. As one species reaches adulthood and moves on another will be born and raised.

A Mated Pair, Great Blue Heron

I may have a new favorite photograph of the Herons.

The male here was alone and calling for at least a week. She finally arrived. And she is coy and a beauty !

The light was coming at an angle and made wonderful shadows here. The female was quiet, the male being very attentive. His long flowing frontal feathers covered her as they settled in for the evening.

A Mated Pair, Great Blue Heron - click to enlarge
A Mated Pair, Great Blue Heron – click to enlarge

Both birds were still unsure and on alert, their top crown feathers standing tall.

This image shows many details and behaviors  that I can’t always capture in the usual Heron photographs.

The Survivor, A Series

A series being run on our black and white site.

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The Survivor, A Series The Survivor, A Series

This is a Wood Stork, native to the Americas. It is the only Stork in North America and has been fighting for it’s survival in a shrinking environment for years.

Against all odds, it’s winning. With environmental laws shrinking, climate changes increasing, and competition from other species this may not last.

A collection of images is being compiled here to present this calm and ancient bird to people who may never have the privilege to see them or even hear their powerful wings as they fly by.

This is a true survivor.

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Small Eastern Phoebe

All along the edge of the swamps Phoebes dart. I think we must be their winter migration destination. One day I look and they are everywhere.

Small Eastern Phoebe - click to enlarge
Small Eastern Phoebe – click to enlarge

Photographing small birds is not what I do, they try my patience.

However, this bird usually has a pattern. They sit in a low tree branch, quickly drop to the swamp surface for an insect, land on a second low branch. Back and forth to the same spots.

When I see the routine, I stop and wait for a few minutes. Some times I’m able to get a shot or two.

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

Great Egret On A Clear Day

A white bird and deep blue sky are one of the few overhead photographs that are sure to be interesting.

Great Egret On A Clear Day - click to enlarge
Great Egret On A Clear Day – click to enlarge
Great Egret On A Clear Day - click to enlarge
Great Egret On A Clear Day – click to enlarge

Though I must admit with a blue sky like this I still photograph most anything that goes by. I just don’t publish very many.