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Always A Good Subject, Alligators

They are usually around, only disappear if you get too close (which you try not to), and are always interesting.

Always A Willing Subject. Alligators - click to enlarge
Always A Willing Subject. Alligators – click to enlarge

The one above was taken at mid day, in the heat. Everything is hunkered at that time. This one was hiding from the heat along the marsh bank. I knelt down and caught him watching.

Always A Willing Subject. Alligators - click to enlarge
Always A Willing Subject. Alligators – click to enlarge
Always A Willing Subject. Alligators - click to enlarge
Always A Willing Subject. Alligators – click to enlarge

The first one above did his best to ignore me. The last one, end of day, moved past giving me absolutely no thought. I was not worth his time LOL.

 

 

 

Little Blue Heron On The Hunt

This time of year a Little Blue Heron has vivid breeding colors. Their head and neck can be almost magenta.

Little Blue Heron On The Hunt - click to enlarge
Little Blue Heron On The Hunt – click to enlarge
Little Blue Heron On The Hunt - click to enlarge
Little Blue Heron On The Hunt – click to enlarge

Also their bill has a blue / purple shading.

Little Blue Heron On The Hunt - click to enlarge
Little Blue Heron On The Hunt – click to enlarge

During the rest of the year they are slate blue. Very dark and frustrating to photograph because of it.

Little Blue Heron On The Hunt - click to enlarge
Little Blue Heron On The Hunt – click to enlarge
Little Blue Heron On The Hunt - click to enlarge
Little Blue Heron On The Hunt – click to enlarge

This is about as close an opportunity as I have had so far this year. That is unusal having a rookery just down the road. I’m hoping the population increases soon. If not we might have a very slow July and August.

 

The Bamboo Swamp, Owl

The Bamboo Swamp, Owl - click to enlarge
The Bamboo Swamp, Owl – click to enlarge

A few shots taken the other day of a Barred Owl.

The Bamboo Swamp, Owl - click to enlarge
The Bamboo Swamp, Owl – click to enlarge

He was a little wet from standing in shallows where they hunt for frogs and cray fish.

Each image is slightly different since light was shifting with the wind through the overhead bamboo canopy. ISO was very high.

Great Blue Heron Heading Towards The Rookery

When the Herons come into the swamp rookery now there is no sense of urgency. They drift in, almost casual.

Great Blue Heron Heading Towards The Rookery - click to enlarge
Great Blue Heron Heading Towards The Rookery – click to enlarge

Any other Herons waiting on the trees are most likely adults or juveniles that will not get a free feeding any longer.

Great Blue Heron Heading Towards The Rookery - click to enlarge
Great Blue Heron Heading Towards The Rookery – click to enlarge

There will still be Herons coming and going for a while, but not near the numbers of a month ago.

Great Blue Heron Heading Towards The Rookery - click to enlarge
Great Blue Heron Heading Towards The Rookery – click to enlarge

Come next month if we want to photograph Great Blues we will need to hunt for them out in the marshes. And that’s July, in a hot marsh. There will not be many long days out for us then.

Watching A Snowy

Little Snowy Egrets always strut around with an attitude. And…they are loud when aggitated. Which is most of the time.

Watching A Snowy - click to enlarge
Watching A Snowy – click to enlarge

They may also be the only wading bird that ‘clucks’. Not exactly like a chicken, but close enough to know when they are around.

Watching A Snowy - click to enlarge
Watching A Snowy – click to enlarge
Watching A Snowy - click to enlarge
Watching A Snowy – click to enlarge