Pied-billed Grebe

For me photographing this little bird is right up there with any flying Kingfisher, Bald Eagle, or fishing Osprey.

Pied-billed Grebe - Click To Enlarge
Pied-billed Grebe – Click To Enlarge

Not only are they beautiful little birds, they disappear under water the moment they see people. The northern Grebe species may fish near people. Not the Pied-billed I have ever found.

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Pied-billed Grebe – Click To Enlarge

I’m not sure he was ever aware of me near the banks. Certainly didn’t act that way.

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Pied-billed Grebe – Click To Enlarge

The image above was not cropped because I wanted a landscape image of this tiny bird swimming through the swamp Tupelo trees with the reflections.

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Pied-billed Grebe – Click To Enlarge
Pied-billed Grebe - Click To Enlarge
Pied-billed Grebe – Click To Enlarge

I finally have a library of images to work with since I think it could be a long time before another doesn’t dive and swim away.

 

Great Blue Heron Taking No Chances

If this is the first stick, the proposal, he is either courting the prettiest girl in the swamp, or just not taking any chances.

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Great Blue Heron Taking No Chances – Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron Taking No Chances - Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron Taking No Chances – Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron Taking No Chances - Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron Taking No Chances – Click To Enlarge

He took his time flying by, he was almost getting tangled in his small tree. Finally he did land in a near by tree but I could not see how it went. This tree had maybe 4 – 5 couples nesting. The males made trips as long as I was there. One stick at a time. I think this is going to take a little while.

Great Blue Heron Taking No Chances - Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron Taking No Chances – Click To Enlarge

 

A Small Tricolored Heron

These are a few additional photographs of a Tricolored Heron shot last week. The bird was in muddy shallows at low tide.

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A Small Tricolored Heron – Click To Enlarge

There was bright sun, but it was late afternoon so the light was getting low. These smaller herons have many different tones of grey which really need this type of light to see.

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A Small Tricolored Heron – Click To Enlarge

Click any image below to view the gallery.

What caught my attention was how you can see the bottom, shells, rocks, through the reflections.

A Small Tricolored Heron - Click To Enlarge
A Small Tricolored Heron – Click To Enlarge

 

Great Blue Heron Getting The Perfect Stick

The last big step at the rookery. Getting her the perfect stick. It’s like proposing on bent knee, just with bark.

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Great Blue Heron Getting The Perfect Stick – Click To Enlarge

She keeps the stick and the whirlwind romance begins. Except you need to keep getting more sticks. I think the first is the winner though.

 

Bald Eagle And Spanish Moss

I had thought this was going to be a boring shot. There was a 50/50 chance the eagle would turn towards us when he finally flew.

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Bald Eagle And Spanish Moss – Click To Enlarge

Of course the turn was away.

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Bald Eagle And Spanish Moss – Click To Enlarge

Flying over the water made for a complete background of old trees covered in Spanish Moss. You cannot get much more southern than that.

Old Cemetery B&W

This is a series of images that I thought were meant for black and white. I may be stuck in a rut but I have old scenes I shot a ‘little’ while back that are what I view as traditional B&W photography. The images here are very close to the same look.

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Old Cemetery B&W – Click To Enlarge

Above is basic 8×10. The composition is centered on the main subject, pieces are ‘chopped’ on the edges. Unless you had unlimited darkroom resources you did the best you could. Now in digital color I would try to never have this. Here it’s an old normal look.

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Old Cemetery B&W – Click To Enlarge

Above a standard landscape, under exposed. My preference more than anything else.

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Old Cemetery B&W – Click To Enlarge

This was processed with an Agfa 35mm film filter in Silver Efex.

 

Willet Oyster Digging

It can be hard to get a different looking shot of these shore birds. Most are walking through the surf or staring back at you. OK, nice, but how many do we need to see.

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Willet Oyster Digging – Click To Enlarge

The following photographs caught a willet fishing and picking through an oyster bed (or what’s left of one).

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Willet Oyster Digging – Click To Enlarge
Willet Oyster Digging - Click To Enlarge
Willet Oyster Digging – Click To Enlarge
Willet Oyster Digging - Click To Enlarge
Willet Oyster Digging – Click To Enlarge
Willet Oyster Digging - Click To Enlarge
Willet Oyster Digging – Click To Enlarge
Willet Oyster Digging - Click To Enlarge
Willet Oyster Digging – Click To Enlarge

They don’t mind getting wet, or sticking their head under water.

 

Tricolored Heron Fishing

Color and reflection are what pushed me to this photograph over the other shots taken at the same time. The dripping water from the bird, down to the reflection you can’t plan.

This bird, in this light, is a hard image. The colors are vibrant, almost too much so. These birds, vivid yellows and red eyes are actually too dramatic. During the development here I softened the colors. Twice I checked myself to see if I had pushed colors. I did not.

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Tricolored Heron Fishing – Click To Enlarge

In the sun, this is what you see.

TPJ Photography