Beautiful But Flawed, Great Egret

Great Egrets, the most beautiful and dangerous bird in the swamps.

Beautiful But Flawed - click to enlarge
Beautiful But Flawed – click to enlarge

They will stand and protect their own territory but not hesitate to take another’s.

Beautiful But Flawed - click to enlarge
Beautiful But Flawed – click to enlarge

Even the larger Great Blues can be victims.

Beautiful But Flawed - click to enlarge
Beautiful But Flawed – click to enlarge

When it’s their turn to move into the rookeries they will be in full ‘breeding bridal feathers’. The display is stunning, their actions not so much.

Click, or double tap, any image below to view the full gallery of this dispute.

Beautiful But Flawed - click to enlarge
Beautiful But Flawed – click to enlarge

Snowy Egret Attitude

These smaller guys typically have a scowl, strut, and bad attitude. They tolerate Tricolored Herons, but that’s it. Other Snowy’s can be loud and furious.

Snowy Egret Attitude - click to enlarge
Snowy Egret Attitude – click to enlarge
Snowy Egret Attitude - click to enlarge
Snowy Egret Attitude – click to enlarge

This bird was in the process of chasing another Snowy when it decided to stop and hunt right here.

Snowy Egret Attitude - click to enlarge
Snowy Egret Attitude – click to enlarge
Snowy Egret Attitude - click to enlarge
Snowy Egret Attitude – click to enlarge

Nothing was found so a minute or so later he was off looking for an argument again.

Muted Tones, Great Blue Heron

At the end of the day there are 2 ways to deal with the changing light. Fight with it or work for different types of photographs. Like this one.

One of the great things about doing this full time is the lack of pressure to get the shot. That good shot will come at some point during the day. But you can also change your methods and results, make some really bad images, but find that other option also.

Muted Tones, Great Blue Heron - click to enlarge
Muted Tones, Great Blue Heron – click to enlarge

 

 

Great Blue Heron Heading Deeper Into The Woods

The color in this corner of the swamp adds definition to any shot made in that direction. Which of course means that’s not their location of choice.

Great Blue Heron Heading Deeper Into The Woods - click to enlarge
Great Blue Heron Heading Deeper Into The Woods – click to enlarge

Many of the photographs published lately have been late afternoon and that’s when the light hits the corner.

Great Blue Heron Heading Deeper Into The Woods - click to enlarge
Great Blue Heron Heading Deeper Into The Woods – click to enlarge

Early morning and late afternoon is when many of the birds return to nest sites. Mid day they are out feeding, or just hiding.

Lately my choice has been end of day…selfish, but it’s been cold and I can do any grownup stuff forced on me where it’s warm.

Black-crowned Night Heron, Fly By

I heard no noise, not even the wings. He was gliding by and I caught the movement out of the corner of my eye.

Black-crowned Night Heron, Fly By - click to enlarge
Black-crowned Night Heron, Fly By – click to enlarge

Rarely do these ‘run and gun’ shots ever work. If I shot film I would never consider bothering. This time I caught the bird.

Black-crowned Night Heron, Fly By - click to enlarge
Black-crowned Night Heron, Fly By – click to enlarge

Passing The Stick, Great Blue Herons

This is part of the ritual. At first the male gathers the stick, then brings it to the female to weave into the nest.

Passing The Stick, Great Blue Herons - click to enlarge
Passing The Stick, Great Blue Herons – click to enlarge

After a few days they will take turns at finding materials. But I think the female does most of the actual nest building.

It’s incredible to watch, and loud. There are lots of ‘croaking’ between the mates.

Passing The Stick, Great Blue Herons - click to enlarge
Passing The Stick, Great Blue Herons – click to enlarge
Passing The Stick, Great Blue Herons - click to enlarge
Passing The Stick, Great Blue Herons – click to enlarge
Passing The Stick, Great Blue Herons - click to enlarge
Passing The Stick, Great Blue Herons – click to enlarge
Passing The Stick, Great Blue Herons - click to enlarge
Passing The Stick, Great Blue Herons – click to enlarge

 

Cold Water, And A Lighthouse

As a change of pace and to mix the article content here…Morris Light, South Carolina.

Cold Water, And A Lighthouse - click to enlarge
Cold Water, And A Lighthouse – click to enlarge

The Lighthouse is onĀ  small island in the Charleston harbor. It is no longer operational, and tilting to the right now.

Cold Water, And A Lighthouse - click to enlarge
Cold Water, And A Lighthouse – click to enlarge

The photograph is straight, the light is leaning.

TPJ Photography