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Up Above The Swamp, Herons

This is a small set of photographs taken at a wider angle. Here some perspective is provided about the general environment the birds are living in.

Up Above The Swamp, Herons - click to enlarge
Up Above The Swamp, Herons – click to enlarge

Some nests are in larger tress, on an island within this swamp. The thick branches grow out over the water.

Up Above The Swamp, Herons - click to enlarge
Up Above The Swamp, Herons – click to enlarge

Above, closer to the old island trees multiple nests have begin.

Up Above The Swamp, Herons - click to enlarge
Up Above The Swamp, Herons – click to enlarge

Last here is a the top of a single cypress tree living in the swamp water. Each year these cypress become homes for multiple Heron and Egret nests.

For the next 6 months the next generation of southern wildlife will begin here. As one species reaches adulthood and moves on another will be born and raised.

Evening Egret Flight

A Great Egret flying to a dark corner at sun down.

Evening Egret Flight - click to enlarge
Evening Egret Flight – click to enlarge

Considering the light I kept this shot. I always like a white bird photographed on a contrasting background. I just find it hard to get the right balance.

Click, or double tap, any image below to view the gallery.

 

Great Egret Looking To Rest For The Night

The bigger trees get filled in the evening here.

Since they are surrounded by water, and Alligators, they are safe from most any predator. Eagles don’t bother full grown wading birds, so nothing from above is coming at them either.

Great Egret Looking To Rest For The Night - click to enlarge
Great Egret Looking To Rest For The Night – click to enlarge

 

A Mated Pair, Great Blue Heron

I may have a new favorite photograph of the Herons.

The male here was alone and calling for at least a week. She finally arrived. And she is coy and a beauty !

The light was coming at an angle and made wonderful shadows here. The female was quiet, the male being very attentive. His long flowing frontal feathers covered her as they settled in for the evening.

A Mated Pair, Great Blue Heron - click to enlarge
A Mated Pair, Great Blue Heron – click to enlarge

Both birds were still unsure and on alert, their top crown feathers standing tall.

This image shows many details and behaviors  that I can’t always capture in the usual Heron photographs.

Back At The Spot, Great Egret

There must be good hunting here. It was a little cold for Frogs or Craw Daddies, must be fish.

Back At The Spot, Great Egret - click to enlarge
Back At The Spot, Great Egret – click to enlarge

This Egret usually stops here end of day. And yeah… we see them enough to recognize some individuals either by feather patterns or habits.

Back At The Spot, Great Egret - click to enlarge
Back At The Spot, Great Egret – click to enlarge