Star Of The Swamps, Great Blue Heron

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.

Star Of The Swamps, Great Blue Heron
Star Of The Swamps, Great Blue Heron

Swagger and confidence, they have both.

Star Of The Swamps, Great Blue Heron
Star Of The Swamps, Great Blue Heron

This series is of a Heron making his entrance with that big slow flight.

Star Of The Swamps, Great Blue Heron
Star Of The Swamps, Great Blue Heron

I call this the ‘Grand Entrance’.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck

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.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Black-bellied Whistling Duck

This duck is most common in South America.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Black-bellied Whistling Duck

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.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Black-bellied Whistling Duck

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.

Trying To Hide, It Didn’t Work

I think the Egret just wanted 5 minutes of peace and quiet.

Trying To Hide, It Didn't Work
Trying To Hide, It Didn’t Work

They found her anyway.

Trying To Hide, It Didn't Work
Trying To Hide, It Didn’t Work

Now she did what should have been done in the first place. Fly away.

Trying To Hide, It Didn't Work
Trying To Hide, It Didn’t Work

Give credit, she looked back to make sure all was OK.

The Take Off, Egret

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 Take Off, Egret
The Take Off, Egret

The first leap always impresses me. A jump off the tree, over the swamp, without a second thought.

The Take Off, Egret
The Take Off, Egret

At times there is no real rush to get airborne either. It depends on the breeze and direction.

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