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Juvenile Tricolored Heron Up Top

Taken along a dirt road that separated two marshes. Only a few smaller trees dotting the sides, but he found this spot and seemed to like it. I only grabbed a few shots but Ellen stayed around the area a while.

Juvenile Tricolored Heron Up Top
Juvenile Tricolored Heron Up Top

There might be a different point of view over at PassingByPhoto.

Juvenile Tricolored Heron Up Top
Juvenile Tricolored Heron Up Top

Swallow-Tailed Kite, Master Acrobat

This bird is also known as the Swallowed-tailed Hawk, it is a raptor. There are a number of birds that qualify to be among the most difficult to photograph. Skimmers and Peregrine Falcons come to mind.

However imagine a raptor that lives by snatching Dragonflies, with their claws, in mid flight. They also skim tree tops to grab snakes, lizards, even small birds. Enlarge the image below and you can see an insect in his claws.

Swallow-Tailed Kite, Master Acrobat
Swallow-Tailed Kite, Master Acrobat

They live primarily in South America, Peru and Argentina have decent sized populations. Around 3% breed in Florida and South Carolina each year. Maybe more now, the population is growing. They still must winter in South America.

Swallow-Tailed Kite, Master Acrobat
Swallow-Tailed Kite, Master Acrobat

Above is a Kite eating in flight. They also fly low over water, dipping their beak as they fly by. Adult Kites rarely eat when not flying.

Click any image to view full size.

Kites can swoop, turn and change direction in an instant, it’s how the catch small prey flying by.

I think they might be the biggest challenge for in flight photography.

Learning About Life, Young Night Heron

This is a pretty young Black-crowned Night Heron. He was alone in a marsh, and looking confused.

Learning About Life, Young Night Heron
Learning About Life, Young Night Heron

Where the pines meet marsh food is plentiful, especially small crabs.

Learning About Life, Young Night Heron
Learning About Life, Young Night Heron

It was clear he wasn’t leaving. Others were around so my guess would be he wanted to catch what he could before competition showed up.

Learning About Life, Young Night Heron
Learning About Life, Young Night Heron

Looking Down A Dike

I was using my long lens to look down the trail to see if there was anything happening. I pulled back to grab this shot thinking it might be interesting.

There’s a big marsh on either side here, but the grasses are now twice as tall as I am. Even if you see something it’s blocked from a clean shot. I guess you could punch through the grass and reeds. Good luck with that…

Looking Down A Dike
Looking Down A Dike

Bear Island, South Carolina.