Tag Archives: Colorful

A Different Perspective, Egret

The big wading birds are tall, but really thin. A head on shot is hard to focus and usually not very interesting. I avoid them, but here the returning Egret came from the wrong direction. Well, he thought it was fine.

A Different Perspective, Egret
A Different Perspective, Egret

At least he came in ‘wide’ so I had something to focus on.

A Different Perspective, Egret
A Different Perspective, Egret
A Different Perspective, Egret
A Different Perspective, Egret

In almost all cases nesting materials are brought in from either the right or left side of the rookery. That’s why I wasn’t ready for these shots. I assume this Egret went the length of the swamp for a new ‘hunting’ ground of twigs.

A Different Perspective, Egret
A Different Perspective, Egret
A Different Perspective, Egret
A Different Perspective, Egret

Anhinga Are Different

Different, and yes weird too. After all they are the ‘snake bird’.

Swamp birds stand and grab fish, Anhinga swim on the bottom and spear them. Other birds land in the trees and preen for hours. Anhinga get soaked and muddy, stand around to dry.

Anhinga Are Different
Anhinga Are Different

When they swim only their neck is above water. Oh, they can’t walk either.

Anhinga Are Different
Anhinga Are Different

And here is another habit. All the others look around the waters edge for sticks to build with.

Anhinga Are Different
Anhinga Are Different

An Anhinga will dig them out of the mud.

Anhinga Are Different
Anhinga Are Different

Which makes them twice as heavy and completely unwieldy.

Anhinga Are Different
Anhinga Are Different

But they are fun to watch.

 

Making Boundaries, Egret And Heron

This is a scene played out many times, by the same players, in a rookery. They enforce an invisible line.

Making Boundaries, Egret And Heron
Making Boundaries, Egret And Heron

The Great Blue are there first, they start early in the year. The Egrets take the next best spots available. They can be very close in a prime nesting tree.

Making Boundaries, Egret And Heron
Making Boundaries, Egret And Heron

Egrets can be a danger to the young Herons. Adult Herons can ignore the the danger until it’s pushed.

Making Boundaries, Egret And Heron
Making Boundaries, Egret And Heron

While Herons are bigger the Great Egret is a violent predator.

Making Boundaries, Egret And Heron
Making Boundaries, Egret And Heron

Once the Egret has established it’s nest they will stand up to the Heron. Both adults rarely step over the line once a territory has been established.

Making Boundaries, Egret And Heron
Making Boundaries, Egret And Heron

Here the Egrets had taken up nesting a little higher in the tree than the Heron, who were not happy about giving up the high ground.

As usual it was all flapping and squawking. As long as the Egret keep a distance from the juvenile Heron all is fine.

A County Court House

No matter the prosperity of the town, or county, the local seat of government is big, white, and has all kinds of columns.

A County Court House
A County Court House

Coming from ‘away’ I always find these buildings to fit my preconceived idea of what a small southern town should have.

I question now if I were to go back up to New England, and photograph their town and county buildings, how would I see them.