Category Archives: What I Saw

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.

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

Digging In, Keeping Warm, Alligator

First topic here, this really old and ugly Alligator. In the wild Alligators can live up to 60 years. That’s a long time in an inhospitable world. The old guys have seen their share of fighting and wounds. This one looks to be missing most of his snout. I have seen some huge ones with very few teeth.

Digging In, Keeping Warm, Alligator - click to enlarge
Digging In, Keeping Warm, Alligator – click to enlarge

I couldn’t get a decent angle. It didn’t seem prudent to ask him to move either.

Digging In, Keeping Warm, Alligator - click to enlarge
Digging In, Keeping Warm, Alligator – click to enlarge

Above, like the first big guy, the Alligator is digging into the mud. It’s now winter and 12 foot (3.6M) gators need to hunker down.

A big hole would be perfect. Covering up in a mud works too. It’s hard to find holes the size of a small car.

Digging In, Keeping Warm, Alligator - click to enlarge
Digging In, Keeping Warm, Alligator – click to enlarge

Alligators don’t hibernate, but when the temperature gets low their body slows down and they deep sleep.

Digging In, Keeping Warm, Alligator - click to enlarge
Digging In, Keeping Warm, Alligator – click to enlarge

When a sunny day comes along, everybody is out catching some rays.

Just A Slight Touch, Egret

This is a shot we all try to capture. One of the large wading birds coming in low. The important part is to catch a wing feather lightly touch the surface.

Just A Slight Touch - click to enlarge
Just A Slight Touch – click to enlarge

The far wing feathers are barely touching, just skimming the water. It would have been nice to see a bigger ripple, but I will certainly take this one.

Look To The Left, That Was Close, Heron

Even if he wasn’t hungry he will bite if you drop out of the sky on him!

Look To The Left, That Was Close, Heron - click to enlarge
Look To The Left, That Was Close, Heron – click to enlarge

You can see the Alligator on the left side of the grass patch.

Another example here of what you don’t see when taking a photograph. These shots come fast, no way would you see that Alligator.

Look To The Left, That Was Close, Heron - click to enlarge
Look To The Left, That Was Close, Heron – click to enlarge

Still, I would think the Heron would look more carefully.