Guarding The Spot

It starts the same way every year.

The male returns to a rookery. He may have mated here before, even been born here. This begins the new cycle.

Guarding The Spot
Guarding The Spot

Did I mention it’s boring, and they get hungry waiting. If they do leave for food chances are another Great Blue takes the spot.

Guarding The Spot
Guarding The Spot

The lucky ones find the remains from the last years hard work. Some come and find the branch, even tree, gone and they must find another suitable location.

Guarding The Spot
Guarding The Spot

Once they get situated they stand and wait for her.

 

Heading Out, Spoonbill

I had forgotten this quick shot. It’s been sitting on the site but never published.

This Spoonbill flew down the center of a marsh canal, flying fairly low.

Heading Out, Spoonbill
Heading Out, Spoonbill

I panned with him, waiting for the landing moves, and suddenly realized he was moving right through. I grabbed the photograph last second before it turned into a ‘butt shot’.

 

Nesting In Black And White

For no particular reason this years initial Great Blue nesting images were done in B&W.

Nesting In Black And White
Nesting In Black And White

Well, one reason was the light on the nest and a nice blurred dark background in the swamp. It’s hard to get contrasts in an environment like this.

Two Great Blue Herons starting the breeding season.

I’m thankful several birds have chosen nearby Cypress Trees, I am able to get decent close in flight shots and stand in a comfortable spot in the swamp.

Not In Any Hurry, Pelican

Neither of these Pelican seemed to mind me standing in the tall grass photographing. They could easily see me since I tend to find open gaps on the dikes. It’s a trade off. The birds spot me but I have a large area to follow in flight shots with nothing in front of my lens.

Not In Any Hurry, Pelican
Not In Any Hurry, Pelican

These two paddled by, almost in slow motion.

Not In Any Hurry, Pelican
Not In Any Hurry, Pelican

 

Late And He Is Not Back

The Great Blue Heron is unique in that they are very expressive in their actions.

In this photograph the male flew off and did not return right away. The female has been guarding the nest all day and by now is hungry.

Late And He Is Not Back
Late And He Is Not Back

She is not happy and stood waiting and watching in the direction he left.

He did return later. But from a different direction. We were both surprised, and I missed the shot.

TPJ Photography