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.
This one was probably hiding her head to escape the noise.
This bird was above the nests on the small rookery island. All the noise and clambering was down below with the young birds.
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.
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.
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.