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Fishing By A Marsh Dike, Eagle

At one point here there were so many Bald Eagles it was getting confusing where to focus. Most of the activity was off on the far side of the marsh.

Fishing By A Marsh Dike - click to enlarge
Fishing By A Marsh Dike – click to enlarge

Last minute I noticed an Eagle fly down a canal, between 2 Great Egrets.

Fishing By A Marsh Dike - click to enlarge
Fishing By A Marsh Dike – click to enlarge

The catch here was so fast I must have been shifting focus to miss the touch down.

He did get the fish. Better, he had enough space to rise up since 2 Alligators were watching.

On The Reeds, Tricolored Heron

The reeds made a nice pile up off the water. I guess this kept his feet dry and he was up high enough to feel safe.

On The Reeds, Tricolored Heron - click to enlarge
On The Reeds, Tricolored Heron – click to enlarge

You could still see plenty of the rusty juvenile coloring, but underneath the adult gray feathers were coming through. I have never been able to find out how long the juvenile coloring is kept.

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Incoming Spoonbill

This Roseate Spoonbill had just taken off from a small group and was making a turn to land on the banks of the rice fields. One problem, I was already there.

Incoming Spoonbill – click to enlarge

When I was sighted a quick plan B went into effect.

Incoming Spoonbill - click to enlarge
Incoming Spoonbill – click to enlarge

A return back to where the flight started.

Incoming Spoonbill - click to enlarge
Incoming Spoonbill – click to enlarge

It’s always nice to get a head on photograph that’s decent. All these wading birds are so then they disappear when shooting straight on. Even if you can see something the camera still can’t find anything to focus on.

Maybe It Didn’t Taste Good, Egret

What it was this Egret seemed to spit it out very quickly and shake her head around. Water was flying everywhere.

Maybe It Didn’t Taste Good - click to enlarge
Maybe It Didn’t Taste Good – click to enlarge

I can’t imagine what it might have been, they will eat most anything.

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White Pelican Up Close

Around here the White Pelicans are 100% wild and really avoid getting close to people. This area is part of their migration route.

Typically large flocks stay out in the far marshes where we cannot get close at all. A long lens is no help if there is no road and dry land.

White Pelican Up Close - click to enlarge
White Pelican Up Close – click to enlarge

A few large groups have gone to rest in the old rice fields that we can reach. Most of them still pretty far away, but not always.

This may be the closest photograph I have had. Enlarged you can see drops of water on his feet and under belly feathers.

There are many Eagles where they picked to stay, but they are too big for them unless hurt. Alligators, well the big ones could be a problem.

Coming In, It’s A Miss, Bald Eagle

You can’t win them all.

Coming In, It's A Miss, Bald Eagle - click to enlarge
Coming In, It’s A Miss, Bald Eagle – click to enlarge

He had perfect form at the start.

Coming In, It's A Miss, Bald Eagle - click to enlarge
Coming In, It’s A Miss, Bald Eagle – click to enlarge

Something went wrong right about here.

Coming In, It's A Miss, Bald Eagle - click to enlarge
Coming In, It’s A Miss, Bald Eagle – click to enlarge

Then it was an abort.

Coming In, It's A Miss, Bald Eagle - click to enlarge
Coming In, It’s A Miss, Bald Eagle – click to enlarge

Probably a good thing he didn’t go too low. Look, there’s a big Alligator behind him.

White Ibis A Quick Exit

You could hear them long before seeing anything. The reeds were much taller than me.

White Ibis A Quick Exit - click to enlarge
White Ibis A Quick Exit – click to enlarge

Even with a thicket between us the birds were uncomfortable. As soon as the first took off…bedlam.

White Ibis A Quick Exit - click to enlarge
White Ibis A Quick Exit – click to enlarge

Clouds helped here, otherwise the white birds would have been lost in the sky.