When they feel like it you might get a slow paddle by. A great show.
Most of the time all you see is a disappearing bird butt.
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These photographs were taken as Spoonbills began to gather end of day. For the most part as each came in they stood around looking bored.
Up until this time Spoonbills had stayed away from me, usually flying by. Here they flew in and landed on a nearby sand bar.
As often as we photograph these birds you would think I would let up on the shutter a little.
Not so much. Each meeting I have 100 images to deal with.
And here’s a big one.
I was sure to include ‘South Carolina’ in the title here. We have been discussing the difference between the coloration based on geographic location.
Here the red is more than obvious.
The same species in the woodlands and swamps of Florida have a much softer shading. Not just the red but also the browns across the back.
I assume it’s diet, usually is. Yet what could be different. The distance is not that great.
By leaning over the edge of the water I was able to get an open shot of this Heron. The patterns on these birds, like a Bittern, can make them blend right into their surroundings.
The open water as a background saved this shot, the Green Heron stands out just fine.
This is a favorite location for the smaller wading birds, also for photographers.
It’s what they do each winter.
Eventually she comes along.
An image that has been on hold in this web site for a few months.
Taken in an old cemetery, off with a few nondescript stones. It caught my attention, as these things do. Rather than have it lost for all time I am adding it here and now.
This is a bird who needs to do his best being invisible. The common Gallinule is the ‘chicken’ of the swamp.
Personally I think he could have found a much better spot to rest.