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Night Heron Passing Through Rookery

It’s time for the next phase in rookeries, the smaller wading birds.

Night Heron Passing Through Rookery
Night Heron Passing Through Rookery

This is a Black-crowned Night Heron who blew by heading out to one of the islands. A few were moving around so I was prepared, at least thinking about, a fly by.

Night Heron Passing Through Rookery
Night Heron Passing Through Rookery

Night Herons like to nest in the thick palms with plenty of cover. They still want the protection of a rookery, but more dense. This makes it harder to get many photographs since they are hidden.

Night Heron Passing Through Rookery
Night Heron Passing Through Rookery

In the last image above you can see part of the Egret rookery as he flew past.

These birds are fairly hard to catch in flight so I was surprised to get three images. I’m happy with one, this many is a bonus for me.

Dry Marsh, Everyone Was There

Crossing over to a marsh we found…no water.

Best viewed large.

Dry Marsh, Everyone Was There
Dry Marsh, Everyone Was There

I was not walking out for a closer shot.

The shrinking water condensed all the fish into a very small area.

My guess is in an hour there were no fish.

Speaking with the head ranger we found the water was lowered, trunks and water flow blocked, to allow the Widgeon Grass seeds to finish sprouting. In a few days the seed will be out and the marsh opened up to water. The water will spread the seed all through the area, basically planting the wild grasses to support the wildlife.

Pretty clever.

The water level is controlled using the same ‘trunk’ methods from the last 300 years. The first trunks here were setup by enslaved people from Barbados and West Africa for rice growth.

Reflections, Ducks

Both photographs have decent reflections because they were taken in the shade of overhanging branches. The day was actually bright sun.

Below a Mallard was working through the Cypress trees.

Reflections, Ducks
Reflections, Ducks

Wood Ducks, male and female, stuck close to the shore. Again Cypress. You can see the Cypress Knees in the foreground.

Reflections, Ducks
Reflections, Ducks