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Hidden Right In Plain View

The road that runs between Essex and Deep River Connecticut passes by, and over, one of the marshes and inlets of the Connecticut river. This is the type of place you pass and your head swivels around trying to see everything.

Finally the other day we stopped the car and got out. It really is a beautiful spot. I don’t know what took us so long to visit here.

Off in the reeds movement finally gave away the position of a Great Egret. Even being a bright white they still blend in perfectly.

Great Egret Connecticut
Great Egret Connecticut

Our patience, this time, allowed us to catch several shots as he flew off to another part of the marsh.

Great Egret Connecticut
Great Egret Connecticut
Great Egret Connecticut
Great Egret Connecticut

 

Feeding Young Swallows

Feeding these young Swallows is a fast paced non stop project.

Feeding Young Swallows
Feeding Young Swallows

We stopped by the Riverside Cemetery in Essex Connecticut. The grounds are not huge however they sit right on the Connecticut river on an inlet close to where the river widens and finally gets to the ocean (Long Island Sound).

There are trails here, benches, and people are invited to walk through the grounds, or sit and enjoy the quiet.

Feeding Young Swallows
Feeding Young Swallows

Along the river’s edge nesting boxes of Swallows sit with the tall trees and marble benches. We watched and photographed the birds for an hour or so. They didn’t seem to mind us as long as we kept a reasonable distance.

Feeding Young Swallows
Feeding Young Swallows
Feeding Young Swallows
Feeding Young Swallows

 

The Egret Dance

Some day I will remember to video the dance and not shoot just stills.

Dancing Snowy Egret
Dancing Snowy Egret

For anyone who has not seen this let me explain just how foolish this can be.

A big white bird jumps in the air and screams a loud ‘croak’.

Landing in the water they do the Michael Jackson ‘moon walk’ backwards (or forwards depending on how you look at it).

Egrets knees bend forward, not back, so the dance and wiggling toes stir up something to eat.

The loud croaking is probably because it’s so much fun.

Osprey In A Supporting Role

Abandon Spires with Osprey Click For Full Size
Abandon Spires with Osprey Click For Full Size

A large part of what I photograph is designed around wildlife. They are typically the focal point of my images.

That was how this group started out also. However in short order I realized the Osprey was there to support the incredible architecture of this massive shuttered building.

Abandon Spires with Osprey
Abandon Spires with Osprey

 

A Fly By

There is a area along the Connecticut river that we like to walk through when the mosquitoes allow. Most of the land is owned by the power company, a smaller part owned by a long closed (and sadly polluted) manufacturer, the last section is town owned. Farm land runs along side this stretch of river adding a great marsh and woodlands.

This year several Bald Eagles have taken this area as part of their hunting grounds. And of course I came along as part of the deal.

Yesterday I was lurking around looking for any opportunity when one of the adult Eagles flew from the far side of the river, with crows in hot pursuit.

Even with a 500mm lens and monopod I could not get any images. I tried, about 100 times, over a 2 hour period. Finally my camera battery near dead and the chaos silent I gave up.

I don’t know how, but I caught a slight movement along the middle of the river up stream.

Connecticut Bald Eagle
Connecticut Bald Eagle
Connecticut Bald Eagle
Connecticut Bald Eagle

I think he took pity on me after standing on the rocks all that time. There was no hurried flying, just gliding back down the river towards the privacy of Gildersleeve island. I was finally able to get my few photos after all.

Connecticut Bald Eagle
Connecticut Bald Eagle

A Strolling Snowy Egret

Egrets, and many other wading birds have their knees on backwards. OK, that’s not the technical term, but the best I could find. Besides helping them walk in shallow water what it really does is give them attitude! Sit back and watch one for awhile.

They seem to slowly stroll around a lot as if they didn’t have a care in the world. I once watched a Great Egret strut right by a huge alligator with no sign of concern. Nothing happened so I assume this is normal for them.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

After photographing as many birds as I have there are times perfectly good opportunities are passed by.  After all how many similar photos does a wildlife portfolio really need.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

For me there obvious exceptions. An Egret ‘strutting it’s stuff’ is one of them.