Anhinga Kissy Face

There is an interaction between mated birds as they greet each other. I had never really thought about it until witnessing the ritual. And in general it’s…a kiss hello.

Anhinga Kissy Face - Click To Enlarge
Anhinga Kissy Face – Click To Enlarge

Here, a male Anhinga returns to the nest. The female (soft brown neck feathers) greets him by rubbing and grabbing his beak. The same ritual, plus resting on each others shoulder, holds true for Egrets and Herons.

The old ‘Honey I’m Home’.

 

Lower Light, Great Egret

Shot in very low light, but with a high end lens. That’s what allowed the egret to be so crisp. A Canon 100-400 on a Canon 7D2 was used here.

Lower Light, Great Egret - Click To Enlarge
Lower Light, Great Egret – Click To Enlarge

A short coming here is the fact, that like all lens, the sharpest images require you to pull back on the focal length. This was at about 300 mm. But the clear image means it can be cropped to a 16×9 with no lose. Also here there was no need for any changes other than the crop for a standard print size.

 

 

Full House, Egret, Anhinga

I liked this image because of all that was going on. Click to enlarge to see it all.

Full House, Egret, Anhinga - Click To Enlarge
Full House, Egret, Anhinga – Click To Enlarge

The Great Egret had landed on top of this small island. It was at full capacity with nesting Anhinga. The center of the image has a nesting bird if you look closely.

They screamed at each other a bit, but no damage was done.

Ironically a week before,  this was a Heron nest. This group of Anhinga moved in and drove the Great Blue off.

Lunch Time With The Heron Family

She must be new at this. The lunch is bigger than the baby.

Lunch Time With The Heron Family - Click To Enlarge
Lunch Time With The Heron Family – Click To Enlarge

When it became clear the kids didn’t want any fish…

Lunch Time With The Heron Family - Click To Enlarge
Lunch Time With The Heron Family – Click To Enlarge

Fine, I’ll eat it myself.

Lunch Time With The Heron Family - Click To Enlarge
Lunch Time With The Heron Family – Click To Enlarge
Lunch Time With The Heron Family - Click To Enlarge
Lunch Time With The Heron Family – Click To Enlarge

Now you have to wait until your father gets home!

 

Little Blue Heron Deep Water

How do they know how deep the water is ? Apparently they don’t.

Little Blue Heron Deep Water - Click To Enlarge
Little Blue Heron Deep Water – Click To Enlarge

I watched him land, keep sinking, and do what anyone would. Flap your arms and scream…

Little Blue Heron Deep Water - Click To Enlarge
Little Blue Heron Deep Water – Click To Enlarge
Little Blue Heron Deep Water - Click To Enlarge
Little Blue Heron Deep Water – Click To Enlarge

A few more steps forward and he could touch bottom. It was pretty funny to watch though.

The Little Blue Herons will start to arrive in the small rookeries in a month or so. These antics will soon be common.

TPJ Photography