What it was this Egret seemed to spit it out very quickly and shake her head around. Water was flying everywhere.
I can’t imagine what it might have been, they will eat most anything.
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Around here the White Pelicans are 100% wild and really avoid getting close to people. This area is part of their migration route.
Typically large flocks stay out in the far marshes where we cannot get close at all. A long lens is no help if there is no road and dry land.
A few large groups have gone to rest in the old rice fields that we can reach. Most of them still pretty far away, but not always.
This may be the closest photograph I have had. Enlarged you can see drops of water on his feet and under belly feathers.
There are many Eagles where they picked to stay, but they are too big for them unless hurt. Alligators, well the big ones could be a problem.
Only a little pushing and shoving here.
Spoonbills are fairly calm birds, but even they don’t share very well.
This time they were well behaved.
You could hear them long before seeing anything. The reeds were much taller than me.
Even with a thicket between us the birds were uncomfortable. As soon as the first took off…bedlam.
Clouds helped here, otherwise the white birds would have been lost in the sky.
This fall there were a fair number of Storks around. Both large flocks and small groups like these.
It wasn’t that long ago they were in danger of disappearing so it’s always special to see this.
A change of pace article. Two portraits of Owls.
I have built a collection of so many like these that I have photographs I have never seen. When publishing from a group of like images there are times you just grab one at random, can’t pick one over the other.
These are the ‘other’.
North American Barn Owl.
Savigny’s Eagle Owl
I need to set aside some time soon to look through the collections.
Taken at The Avian Conservation Center.
In order to walk down to a local marshland I had to walk right past him standing on the trail.
He was not moving, no way.
So I ignored him too…except for this quick shot.