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Black Skimmer Fishing

These birds will test you and your equipment. Flying down low, right in the glare, and very fast.

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Black Skimmer Fishing – Click To Enlarge

On a perfect day most shots can’t be used. When catching these we found multiple birds working the water. It was a numbers game. The more birds, the more shots, and ultimately something to keep.

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Black Skimmer Fishing – Click To Enlarge

Young Little Blue Heron In Flight

A white bird against an even whiter cloud. 99% of the time I will blow this shot out, over exposed. Spot metering pulled the difference in light.

Young Little Blue Heron In Flight - Click To Enlarge
Young Little Blue Heron In Flight – Click To Enlarge

The bird was pulling back to slow down and eventually land in a tree. That is about the only way I could have caught the full expanse of wings.

Young Little Blue Heron In Flight - Click To Enlarge
Young Little Blue Heron In Flight – Click To Enlarge

 

Starting Flight School

I’ve never known another species to do this. Flight training. Great Blues, and Egrets let the young figure it out on their own. Not Little Blues.

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Starting Flight School – Click To Enlarge

They urge the young to follow them either with small pieces of food or just letting them think it’s food time.

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Starting Flight School – Click To Enlarge

Sometimes they wait for the chicks to gather around and beg, other times the adults walk ahead until the branch ends.

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Starting Flight School – Click To Enlarge

Finally an adult will jump ahead, flying off. At first the young birds watch them leave. However, after a few near misses with getting fed they charge adults and jump off branches right behind them. And a chase begins.

The young are flying and don’t even know it at first.

A Short Hop, Little Blue Heron

Two quick shots taken as one of the young birds was taking a test run.

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A Short Hop, Little Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

After moving from branches to adjoining tree tops a big step is ‘Island Hopping’. Basically a short flight between the close islands in this rookery.

A Short Hop, Little Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
A Short Hop, Little Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

This is not without danger though. First is a mistake and a dunk in the water, the other is a high jumping Alligator if the bird is too low.

Yes, Alligators can jump straight up out of the water. They are powerful swimmers.