Tag Archives: Bird Photography

Waiting In Line, Like Many Of Us

There were two things here.

First the obvious, all the birds were just standing in line. Peaceful, no bickering, several different species.

Waiting In Line, Like Many Of Us
Waiting In Line, Like Many Of Us

Second, we can all learn something from these critters.

Waiting In Line, Like Many Of Us
Waiting In Line, Like Many Of Us

Well, maybe not. The Snowy Egret was jumping to the head of the line.

Waiting In Line, Like Many Of Us
Waiting In Line, Like Many Of Us

Still, we didn’t need to break up any arguments.

These images include 2 juvenile White Ibis, a Snowy Egret, and finally a very quiet Tricolored Heron.

 

Trying To Get Her Attention

This guy was watching a female, and he liked her.

Trying To Get Her Attention
Trying To Get Her Attention

He looked down to her, but no answer.

Trying To Get Her Attention
Trying To Get Her Attention

Shook himself, even snapped his beak shut hard… and that’s a big deal in Heron world.

Trying To Get Her Attention
Trying To Get Her Attention
Trying To Get Her Attention
Trying To Get Her Attention

At least he knew when to give up gracefully.

Pelican Flock

When we first arrived at Bear Island I saw nothing, not a good omen.

However, after going to the far end and walking a dike this group appeared. White Pelicans were a surprise since breeding time is close.

Actually if you enlarge these images you will see the beginning of the ‘breeding bump’ on a beak.

Pelican Flock
Pelican Flock
Pelican Flock
Pelican Flock

 

Great Blue Nest Building

Always a good day when you get to capture the Herons busy at work.

Great Blue Nest Building
Great Blue Nest Building

The male brings in the materials, over and over.

Great Blue Nest Building
Great Blue Nest Building

Above the female greeted him with one of those long low mournful mating calls.

Great Blue Nest Building
Great Blue Nest Building
Great Blue Nest Building
Great Blue Nest Building

And finally the female accepts the sticks.

Of course if the male just stands there for a few minutes she will call or snap her beak sending out for more.

Thousands Upon Thousands

I say thousands, but that is conservative.

Thousands Upon Thousands
Thousands Upon Thousands

Marshes over 10 miles apart had the same numbers.

Thousands Upon Thousands
Thousands Upon Thousands

This was one spot, shot wide, and they were all around, behind, and over us. Tree Swallows.

Best viewed large.

Thousands Upon Thousands
Thousands Upon Thousands

ACE Basin, South Carolina.