Category Archives: What I Saw

Looking Over A Swamp, Heron

There is a spot in this swamp that Great Blue Herons can sit, gather nesting material, or just hide.

When here they can be missed since your attention is suddenly focused on the open water and rookery area in front of you.

Looking Over A Swamp, Heron - click to enlarge
Looking Over A Swamp, Heron – click to enlarge

The photographs there are best shot a little wide (for me a lot wide at times) to capture the thick trees, colors, and moss.

Sharing Space With A Silly Gator

A prime spot to photograph Great Blues flying by… and it was occupied. Now, a few years ago I would have been long gone.

You can see the big guy is pretty comfortable. Tail wrapped around the old post, even a stick draped around his nose (probably from walking through the reeds, nobody here is dumb enough to touch him).

Sharing Space With A Silly Gator - click to enlarge
Sharing Space With A Silly Gator – click to enlarge

On this side of my new friend I could catch a few Herons flying into the swamp trees gathering sticks. On the other side I had open views of nesting trees.

Sharing Space With A Silly Gator - click to enlarge
Sharing Space With A Silly Gator – click to enlarge

Easy solution. Leave him in the middle and go back and forth depending on the Herons. It worked just fine.

Below you can see he did get up to see what I was doing. To an Alligator a photographer with Herons is pretty boring after a few minutes.

Sharing Space With A Silly Gator - click to enlarge
Sharing Space With A Silly Gator – click to enlarge

So he watched, eyes got heavy, and went to sleep.

Sharing Space With A Silly Gator - click to enlarge
Sharing Space With A Silly Gator – click to enlarge

This trail was a good 8 feet (2.4 M) wide here, I could walk around him and be dry (swamp is on both side of the trail here).

Ellen (PassingByPhoto.com) walked by also. Even after we moved on he stayed there deep asleep.

BTW, I don’t recommend getting close here unless you have been around them often. And even then a healthy space, and respect is required.

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.

Calling For A Mate, Male Great Blue Heron

This male has staked out a nesting site. He may or may not have built it last year. For right now it’s his.

Calling For A Mate, Male Great Blue Heron - click to enlarge
Calling For A Mate, Male Great Blue Heron – click to enlarge

This rookery has several nest site with only one bird.

Each time another Great Blue flies by all the single birds stand and give a hoarse loud call hoping to attract a mate. Eventually someone shows up.

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Young Little Snowy And Reflections

Ha, almost published with the wrong identification! Just caught myself in time.

Because the juvenile Little Blue Heron is pure white when young they easily get confused with the Snowy Egret. To add more confusion a young Snowy has leg coloring like a Little Blue.

Probably too much info for non wildlife/bird people so I’ll stop.

Young Little Blue And Reflections - click to enlarge
Young Little Blue And Reflections – click to enlarge

The original direction here was reflections and marsh mud. With a good angle and camera settings this pluff mud actually makes a nice back ground. Pluff mud smell can knock you over but luckily technology has not come far enough to include it here.

Young Little Blue And Reflections - click to enlarge
Young Little Blue And Reflections – click to enlarge

There isn’t much water in this marsh now, and the critters love the easy fishing. I have caught an enormous number of nice detailed images here. Most just have too much mud to publish.

The Grace Of A Great Egret

No matter how many times I have photographed this I will always take another. A Great Egret making one of their elegant landings.

The Grace Of A Great Egret - click to enlarge
The Grace Of A Great Egret – click to enlarge

Egrets and the Great Blue Herons, they make the most fascinating in flight photographs.

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