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Looking Over A Swamp, Heron

There is a spot in this swamp that Great Blue Herons can sit, gather nesting material, or just hide.

When here they can be missed since your attention is suddenly focused on the open water and rookery area in front of you.

Looking Over A Swamp, Heron - click to enlarge
Looking Over A Swamp, Heron – click to enlarge

The photographs there are best shot a little wide (for me a lot wide at times) to capture the thick trees, colors, and moss.

Male Great Blue Passing The Stick

Part of the initial mating ritual for the male Great Blue Heron is to bring the ‘perfect’ stick to his new mate.

Part of the female ritual is to throw a few away.

Male Great Blue Passing The Stick - click to enlarge
Male Great Blue Passing The Stick – click to enlarge

It’s going to be a busy 4 months so she needs to set the rules right from the start.

Slow Glide, Wood Stork

This was a great opportunity. The Wood Stork flew in to the swamp and made a lazy glide over the water.

Slow Glide, Wood Stork - click to enlarge
Slow Glide, Wood Stork – click to enlarge

I had been standing on a dike and had time to watch him come in and then slow down. There was even time to pin point focus on the Stork.

Slow Glide, Wood Stork - click to enlarge
Slow Glide, Wood Stork – click to enlarge

With so much time I was able to pull back on the lens, compose for a wider shot, and still have the Stork as the center focus.

Slow Glide, Wood Stork - click to enlarge
Slow Glide, Wood Stork – click to enlarge

When shooting out there time is something you don’t have. This was different, and I like the wider lazy look.

Flying Just Above The Marsh Grasses, Egret

This Great Egret was taking a lazy flight just above the tops of the dried grasses.

Light and focus can be tricky with these shots. The sun can catch the light stalks and create glare. Also all the bird needs to do is a slight shift and the focus slips over to the reeds.

Flying Just Above The Marsh Grasses, Egret - click to enlarge
Flying Just Above The Marsh Grasses, Egret – click to enlarge

When you do get the shot it makes a nice soft scene.