Tag Archives: Bird Photography

Skimmers, Not Zooming Around

I guess even Black Skimmers need to take a break once in a while.

This first photo shows their unique bill clearly.

Skimmers, Not Zooming Around
Skimmers, Not Zooming Around
Skimmers, Not Zooming Around
Skimmers, Not Zooming Around

The only time I see them resting like this is in a large group. These two didn’t even bother to join the others. Maybe it was too crowded for even them. Lots of Skimmers around.

Skimmers, Not Zooming Around
Skimmers, Not Zooming Around

 

Recent Wood Storks

Another bird that has shown up lately. Wood Storks.

Recent Wood Storks
Recent Wood Storks

This is a subtropical and tropical species which breeds in much of South America, Central America and the Caribbean. The wood stork is the only stork that breeds in North America. In the United States there are small breeding populations in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. (Wikipedia)

Recent Wood Storks
Recent Wood Storks

There is a fairly big rookery not far from here, however it’s inaccessible being on private land. The owners keep it closed and for Storks that’s great. They like to have plenty of private space for nesting.

Places like the ACE Basin and Harris Neck (Georgia) have helped these birds population so much they are no longer considered endangered.

Tormenting The Gators, Skimmers

Buzzing all around and over them at full speed.

Tormenting The Gators, Skimmers
Tormenting The Gators, Skimmers

It would take a lot of luck to grab one going by.

They never even tried.

Tormenting The Gators, Skimmers
Tormenting The Gators, Skimmers

If you look close you can see multiple others heads floating in the background.

Black Skimmers and Alligators.

Great Blue Heron, Near Perfect Conditions

This shot should have been over exposed. It was almost noon, wide open in the sun. I can only guess a cloud moved in to save this image. There’s even a dragonfly (tiny, but there) on a tall stalk.

While no drama here I do like the marsh, and forest edge, background.

Great Blue Heron, Near Perfect Conditions
Great Blue Heron, Near Perfect Conditions