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Great Horned Owl

Not much you need to say about these birds.

The Great Horned Owl is found in both North and South America. They stand about 2 feet tall, have a 5 foot wing span, and weigh 4 pounds.

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

They have a loud deep call that will wake a photographer in the middle of night, cause them to sit up, even sneak outside to listen.

Avian Conservation Center.

Yellow-billed Kite

Once he takes off someone must wait around for him to land. This bird loves to fly and will, for hours at a time.

Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow-billed Kite

Kites catch and eat their prey in the air never coming down until it’s rest time. They drink from rivers flying in the air.  Mid summer we have Mississippi Kites circling our house all day catching dragonfly’s.

Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow-billed Kite

Above, this Kite was anxiously waiting for the jesses (falconry leg ties) to be loosened.

Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow-billed Kite

As soon as they were he jumped and started to soar.

Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow-billed Kite

At one point he briefly landed in a tree.

I can say he was flying for hours. I was done photographing him, moved off into a wooded area and started working with Owls. At one point a big bird flew right through us and went off into the air again.

It was the Kite, checking us and moving on.

Taken at the Birds Of Brey / Avian Conservation Center, Charleston.

Glossy Ibis

I don’t see many Glossy Ibis and when I do they are out in a wide open marsh. So they pretty much see us coming and leave.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

A few were traveling with Storks and Spoonbills who are not as shy as these Glossy. The Ibis hose to stay with the flock.

Their coloring is iridescent in the right light.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

They have a small range in the US, most stay in Florida. Even Central America has only a few usual spots. The Glossy Ibis is more wide spread in Africa.

Of course the last few years all the rules have changed.

Flock Of Tricolored Herons

A trail leading out to some large marshes starts in a small wooded area. Short scrub trees really. I have seen a few Tricolors here, but apparently it’s a place to hang out.

Flock Of Tricolored Herons
Flock Of Tricolored Herons
Flock Of Tricolored Herons
Flock Of Tricolored Herons

I’m not sure how many were there, they flew in, out, and around heavier brush.

Flock Of Tricolored Herons
Flock Of Tricolored Herons
Flock Of Tricolored Herons
Flock Of Tricolored Herons

They tend to be solitary birds so an assumption is they are from the same rookery and younger birds. Juveniles are as big as adults now and feather colors much the same.

Flock Of Tricolored Herons
Flock Of Tricolored Herons