Tag Archives: Bird Photography

Teals Behind The Reeds

I grabbed these shots hoping there was enough of an opening to see these Blue-winged Teals. I would say, just barely.

I have had no luck photographing them for a long time.

Teals Behind The Reeds
Teals Behind The Reeds

The sad thing is, there are plenty of them. I am always either too far away or not ready for a shot.

Teals Behind The Reeds
Teals Behind The Reeds

So, I looked through the reeds and figured it was better than nothing. Again, just barely.

Special Delivery, Great Blue Herons

The beginning of nesting season, my favorite time of year. This is especially true since we missed much of last year due to travel and Covid lock down

Special Delivery, Great Blue Herons
Special Delivery, Great Blue Herons

Above the male fly’s in with materials for building up the nest.

Special Delivery, Great Blue Herons
Special Delivery, Great Blue Herons
Special Delivery, Great Blue Herons
Special Delivery, Great Blue Herons

Some times the male will announce his arrival with that deep croak, not this time. Both the female and I were watching in the opposite direction. A warning would have been nice.

Special Delivery, Great Blue Herons
Special Delivery, Great Blue Herons
Special Delivery, Great Blue Herons
Special Delivery, Great Blue Herons

Females are usually the primary builders.

Special Delivery, Great Blue Herons
Special Delivery, Great Blue Herons

Above the female accepts the stick and now will weave it into nest. They are not great nest builders and you have to wonder why more just don’t fall down to the water below.

 

 

More Evening Ibis

Another night, another flock of White Ibis. Or maybe the same returning (more likely).

More Evening Ibis
More Evening Ibis

This time they didn’t stay though. After taking a short ‘pick our feathers’ break they all jumped up and flew down to the far end of the swamp.

More Evening Ibis
More Evening Ibis

That’s a better result since this tree, if let empty, will eventually be filled with nests.

More Evening Ibis
More Evening Ibis

Quick Pass Of A Swamp

These were ‘why not shots’. Towards the end of useful light and the Great Egret came zooming by.

Quick Pass Of A Swamp
Quick Pass Of A Swamp

The bird flew through never stopping until the trees in the far end.

Quick Pass Of A Swamp
Quick Pass Of A Swamp

I assume he was looking for a spot to spend the night.

Quick Pass Of A Swamp
Quick Pass Of A Swamp

If you enlarge any of the images you can see all the small ‘white dots’ in the air. Insects, some biting, out number all of us in swamps here.

 

There’s Always One

Never, ever, mess with a lady on her nest.

Every year one Great Blue is a bully, wants to visit with another’s mate, even steal a nest.

Female Great Blue Heron’s are big, predators, and probably pregnant.

The first of several ‘lessons’ taught to this one.

There's Always One
There’s Always One

You can probably tell, the female is on the left, the stranger on the right.