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The Downside, There Always Is

Most of our photographs lately have been of beautiful birds, in the swamps and marshes where the live and breed. For me this is nirvana.

There is no free lunch.

Swamp Spiders - Click To Enlarge
Swamp Spiders – Click To Enlarge
Swamp Spiders - Click To Enlarge
Swamp Spiders – Click To Enlarge

Nothing sets me off like a spider. People may not admit it but it’s common. These spiders are everywhere out there. Worse, I still have not seen a SMALL one! All have been 3″ to 5″ across.

Sounds like no big deal until you come literally face to face with one.

Swamp Spiders - Click To Enlarge
Swamp Spiders – Click To Enlarge

I made the mistake of not seeing an alligator that was very close  yesterday, Ellen gave me the old ‘just keep walking’ alert. I was probably watching for these guys.

Green Heron Fishing

The last few  days of shooting we had focused on a rookery and, for the most part, Egrets.

Today we started out doing much the same. I was hoping to find some other birds back on a small trail through the far side of the swamp. A Green Heron helped make the day.

Green Heron - Click To Enlarge
Green Heron – Click To Enlarge

At first he hid in the bushes but small fish got the better of him. Finally he ventured out into the shallow water. Once out there he came close enough we had to pull way back on our large lens.

Green Heron - Click To Enlarge
Green Heron – Click To Enlarge
Green Heron - Click To Enlarge
Green Heron – Click To Enlarge

These are the first photographs processed of the day.  I hope the others are as good.

It’s Not Easy Being A Mother, Great Egret

Raising these 2 must be hard work. She was lucky since most of the others had 3 young ones.

Great Egret with young.

It's Not Easy Being A Mother, Great Egret - Click To Enlarge
It’s Not Easy Being A Mother, Great Egret – Click To Enlarge
It's Not Easy Being A Mother, Great Egret - Click To Enlarge
It’s Not Easy Being A Mother, Great Egret – Click To Enlarge

These images were taken in a rookery that was located on a small island in a swampy area. Since it was surrounded by water they ignored us for the most part.

Alligators living in the water underneath the trees protect the nest from predators. However it also means when the young take their first flight there is no room for error.

 

Nesting Great Egrets

This pair of Great Egrets were standing on their nest but I did not see any young birds near. It might be some of the young took their first ‘crash’ landing on the other trees. These were filled with juvenile birds.

Nesting Adult Great Egrets - Click To Enlarge
Nesting Adult Great Egrets – Click To Enlarge

This one was probably hiding her head to escape the noise.

Nesting Adult Great Egrets - Click To Enlarge
Nesting Adult Great Egrets – Click To Enlarge

Adult Little Blue Heron

This bird was above the nests on the small rookery island. All the noise and clambering was down below with the young birds.

Little Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Little Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

As part of the walk through the rookery we were to take a count of all the different birds and most notable finds. Being the ‘new kid’ my count was not very accurate. I don’t remember what the final count was but we were in the hundreds, Egrets alone could have been that.  In a 4 hour hike I saw more than a typical year.

Gotta love walking with the pros. They know exactly where to go.

Big Bug

That’s just what this is too. A really big bug.

Photographer Belinda Grover published a photograph recently that I liked (for a bug). So when I noticed this near us during a recent walk I quickly grabbed this shot.

Dragon Fly, I Think - Click To Enlarge
Dragon Fly, I Think – Click To Enlarge

It was taken with all the absolutely wrong equipment but it is still a little interesting. That doesn’t make it any less creepy. After seeing this if it landed on me I would need oxygen.

Also, along the marsh and swamp trails here there are billions of spiders. My worse nightmare! Gigantic, hairy, man eating spiders. I will be sure to bring a smaller lens next time to capture some of them.

BTW, not too small since no way am I getting too close.

Great Egret On A Pine Island

The island where this bird was perched is a rookery. Most likely she was sitting there taking a break from the kids.

Great Egret On A Pine Island - Click To Enlarge
Great Egret On A Pine Island – Click To Enlarge

It appeared that each adult Egret had 3 juveniles that required attention. It should not be long before most fledge and at least start to learn how to fish.

Great Egret On A Pine Island - Click To Enlarge
Great Egret On A Pine Island – Click To Enlarge