Phoebes like to stay along the edge of a swamp here.
They are a true creature of habit. If you watch them they will drop down over the water, swoop up and move between two different perches.
Find a good spot by one of the perches and wait. There’s a good chance you can get multiple shots.
He found a nest site, maybe even last years.
Now he will sit and wait for his female to come back.
Swamp Rookery, Charleston, South Carolina.
I’ve mentioned and photographed this exact spot a lot.
The best fishing spot in a 18,000 acre marsh.
This time it was a Great Egret.
Same day, a little earlier…
Black-crowned Night Heron.
Also a pair of Bald Eagles usually hide up in large pines just off to the left here.
One of those things you see out walking…
A scene that’s impossible for me not to photograph.
Taken in an old rice field, now a huge marsh.
Most Great Egrets are out here now rather than the swamps. Hunting is much easier.
It’s much easier to get in flight shots here since it’s an open flat marsh.
They still need to cooperate some though.
ACE Basin, South Carolina.
On a typical winter day here you don’t know what you will see, or how the weather will hold out.
A little dull, but Herons were out in force this time.
This Heron went down the length of the dike, almost at eye level.
The Great Blue are one of my favorite birds to shoot in flight.
Amazing how long they are when stretched out in full flight.
I must have seen 30- 40 Night Herons the other day. Adults and juveniles.
They were fast, hiding in trees, and seemed to be following Ellen. Obviously she had more luck than me.
No wasted effort here.
A quick jump in the air, and gone.