Vietnam Memorial, USA
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.
At least he came in ‘wide’ so I had something to focus on.
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.
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.
When they swim only their neck is above water. Oh, they can’t walk either.
And here is another habit. All the others look around the waters edge for sticks to build with.
An Anhinga will dig them out of the mud.
Which makes them twice as heavy and completely unwieldy.
But they are fun to watch.
Playing catch up with the ‘To Do’ pile. A few Pelican.
A ‘frozen in time’ type shot.
This Great Egret was moving through the rookery tree one branch, one jump, at a time.
This is a scene played out many times, by the same players, in a rookery. They enforce an invisible line.
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.
Egrets can be a danger to the young Herons. Adult Herons can ignore the the danger until it’s pushed.
While Herons are bigger the Great Egret is a violent predator.
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.
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.
No matter the prosperity of the town, or county, the local seat of government is big, white, and has all kinds of columns.
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.
They grow incredibly quick. But for now there is a scattering of ‘white fuzz’ around this rookery.