Egret A Lazy Climb

At this time of year there are no shortages of in flight photo opportunities. Which is pretty amazing, but that’s another story.

No matter how many photographs taken, in flight shots always produce the fewest ‘keepers’. And I take thousands. When one stands out a little from the others it’s usually because of the small things.

Egret So Lazy Climb - Click To Enlarge
Egret So Lazy Climb – Click To Enlarge

The egret flying from a light area into shade, and the bokeh behind, caught my eye on this one.

 

Blacked-crowned Night Heron Going Out On A Limb

So…most of the time these birds try to hide during the day. Why stand way up a dead tree, in broad day light?

Blacked-crowned Night Heron Going Out On A Limb - Click To Enlarge
Blacked-crowned Night Heron Going Out On A Limb – Click To Enlarge
Blacked-crowned Night Heron Going Out On A Limb - Click To Enlarge
Blacked-crowned Night Heron Going Out On A Limb – Click To Enlarge
Blacked-crowned Night Heron Going Out On A Limb - Click To Enlarge
Blacked-crowned Night Heron Going Out On A Limb – Click To Enlarge
Blacked-crowned Night Heron Going Out On A Limb - Click To Enlarge
Blacked-crowned Night Heron Going Out On A Limb – Click To Enlarge

The image directly above was at 600 mm. These images were taken between 300 – 600 mm . All lens will lose some clarity or show soft edges at their farthest focal point (here 600). I’m still looking for the ‘sweet spot’ on my new Sigma compared to our other one.

Click any image below to view the gallery.

 

 

Black-crowned Night Heron Surprise

Came out of nowhere! Sad thing was I had been looking for them at the time. Of course I looked in the wrong direction.

Black-crowned Night Heron - Click To Enlarge
Black-crowned Night Heron – Click To Enlarge

This was the only in flight that was decent.

Black-crowned Night Heron - Click To Enlarge
Black-crowned Night Heron – Click To Enlarge

For a moment he sat on this outer branch allowing me a second chance. And next, swallowed up into the brush.

These Night Herons nest inside the deeper brush here giving me limited chances for a clear photograph.

 

Tale Of Two Herons: Rescue

The unguarded heron nests have been an invitation for the aggressive Great Egrets to take them over while the adults are away. This can have a catastrophic result for young birds. Many young have been lost this spring.

To view an attack click here.

Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue - Click To Enlarge
Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue – Click To Enlarge

However here an adult returned back to the nest just as the attack was entering the final stage. It has gone on for over 2 hours and the chicks were tiring. If it had been a single chick the nest would have been lost within an hour.

Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue - Click To Enlarge
Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue – Click To Enlarge

The Egret had determined a sideways move separated the young and had successfully struck them each at least once.

Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue - Click To Enlarge
Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue – Click To Enlarge

The adult arrived low over the trees and surprised the Egret. The typical loud croaking yells gave him enough warning to escape.

To be fair the cheers of the group of photographers was louder.

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Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue – Click To Enlarge

The adult settled in and stood looking around. I get the impression there was no anger or vicious reaction (unlike the Egret). It was something that happens, and now it’s over. The chicks were still pretty excited though.

Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue - Click To Enlarge
Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue – Click To Enlarge
Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue - Click To Enlarge
Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue – Click To Enlarge
Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue - Click To Enlarge
Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue – Click To Enlarge

I had always been under the impression an adult would always stay behind with young. This is obviously not the case. This nest has been attacked several times since these photographs. The chicks are now big enough to deal with it. Others nearby have been lost.

At this time I don’t plan on publishing any of those. The images were taken from too far and it would be publishing something just for the sake of the end result.

Little Snowy Dancing On The Water

I’ve been waiting for this Snowy Egret to come a little closer. Prior to these almost every image was just a little too far away.

What makes it fun is to see how he dances around the water, almost like a gull, and snatches small fish from above.

Little Snowy Dancing On The Water - Click To Enlarge
Little Snowy Dancing On The Water – Click To Enlarge
Little Snowy Dancing On The Water - Click To Enlarge
Little Snowy Dancing On The Water – Click To Enlarge

At times he flits around the alligators almost ignoring them. So far he has pulled it off.

Little Snowy Dancing On The Water - Click To Enlarge
Little Snowy Dancing On The Water – Click To Enlarge
Little Snowy Dancing On The Water - Click To Enlarge
Little Snowy Dancing On The Water – Click To Enlarge

I hope he doesn’t get sloppy about this. It only takes one mistake.

Little Snowy Dancing On The Water - Click To Enlarge
Little Snowy Dancing On The Water – Click To Enlarge

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