A Great Egret grooming in a Cypress Tree.
Right now the swamps are still filled with the Egrets.
However the resident bird that has the attitude, and owns a swamp is the Great Blue.
Swagger and confidence, they have both.
This series is of a Heron making his entrance with that big slow flight.
I call this the ‘Grand Entrance’.
This is actually a Northern Black-bellied Whistling Duck, even though it resides in the south. Up until recently it was not around the Lowcountry. Now it breeds here.
This duck is most common in South America.
Similar to the American Wood Duck they prefer to nest in trees. Once the young are hatched they are out in the grasses and water.
Just to confuse the bird watchers, a few hundred live year round in the parks of New Orleans, LA.
More proof those maps in the back of the bird books are not all that accurate.
it won’t be long before they are off and gone.
Juvenile Great Egrets.
I believe these are locally called a Texas Star.
Growing in a swamp.
I think the Egret just wanted 5 minutes of peace and quiet.
They found her anyway.
Now she did what should have been done in the first place. Fly away.
Give credit, she looked back to make sure all was OK.
A larger than usual series here. I was able to capture this adult Great Egret jump from the nesting Cypress and follow the flight across the swamp.
The first leap always impresses me. A jump off the tree, over the swamp, without a second thought.
At times there is no real rush to get airborne either. It depends on the breeze and direction.
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I was beginning to think they had all left me with nothing but white birds.
While I do love the beauty of a Great Egret, the Great Blue Heron is the star of the show here.