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Yellow-crowned

These Herons always look a little awkward to me. The best I can come up with is a resemblance to a ‘bobble head’ doll. They even walk like it.

Yellow-crowned
Yellow-crowned

There are a few spots along the large marshes here where they breed. But I don’t see as many as the other Herons.

Yellow-crowned
Yellow-crowned

This particular bird was off away from the dike and didn’t seem to feel uncomfortable with me walking by.

Yellow-crowned
Yellow-crowned

He gave us plenty of opportunity to take a number of shots.

The most striking thing about Night Herons are their ruby red eyes. An amazing deep red.

Yellow-crowned
Yellow-crowned

Like all Night Heron when young they have no striking colors at all. A plain brown, and stripped, camouflage .

Yellow-crowned
Yellow-crowned

Typically they are shy birds, except for the Charleston flock.

Every year a large group of Yellow-crowns build nests in the trees at the very tip of the city, where it meets the ocean and harbor.

There, in the battery park with the Civil War canons, they have young. And… make a pretty big mess on the thousands of tourists that visit the spot.

Another ‘You can’t make this stuff up’ moment.

 

Feeding In New Waters, Spoonbill

Receding waters means a whole new place to feed for these birds. They may have long legs but there is a limit to how deep they can handle.

Feeding In New Waters, Spoonbill
Feeding In New Waters, Spoonbill

From my perspective it was great too. There are a few places, in the shade, where deeper water prevents us from getting anything but a few gator shots.

Feeding In New Waters, Spoonbill
Feeding In New Waters, Spoonbill

Now I can catch these guys ‘shoveling round’ in the water close by.

Feeding In New Waters, Spoonbill
Feeding In New Waters, Spoonbill

Note; in the above photographs you can see how they will sift through water and ‘spit it out’ catching small prey.

Nest Boxes

This time of year means watching a nest box should provide some good photo opportunities.

Nest Box Bluebirds - Click To Enlarge
Nest Box Bluebirds – Click To Enlarge

In the middle of a group of swallow nests this blue bird moved in.

Nest Box Swallows - Click To Enlarge
Nest Box Swallows – Click To Enlarge
Nest Box Swallows - Click To Enlarge
Nest Box Swallows – Click To Enlarge

While this is always fun I need to remind myself to be sure I have a monopod with me. Holding up a long 500mm lens for extended periods means as soon as I rest my arms the perfect shot zooms by….and I miss it.

Nest Box Swallows - Click To Enlarge
Nest Box Swallows – Click To Enlarge

 

Soft Landing Mallard

This is a short series capturing the landing of a Mallard. Another one of those simple but interesting photographs. The images below are in sequence, as he landed in a cove. A brighter day would have made for better shots, but this is more about the subject anyway.

Soft Landing Mallard - Click To Enlarge
Soft Landing Mallard – Click To Enlarge
Soft Landing Mallard - Click To Enlarge
Soft Landing Mallard – Click To Enlarge
Soft Landing Mallard - Click To Enlarge
Soft Landing Mallard – Click To Enlarge
Soft Landing Mallard - Click To Enlarge
Soft Landing Mallard – Click To Enlarge

It looks almost comical the way he sets his feet to break the fall.