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Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight

These birds are half the size of most other herons, but they are very fast flyers. I was able to catch them in flight because they gave me so many chances. The small flock was chasing each other continuously.

Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight - Click To Enlarge
Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight – Click To Enlarge
Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight - Click To Enlarge
Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight – Click To Enlarge

It turns out even though small they are fiercesome predators and don’t even get along with members of their own flocks. Must be true I found it on the internet.

Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight - Click To Enlarge
Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight – Click To Enlarge
Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight - Click To Enlarge
Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight – Click To Enlarge

After photographing them, about 150 images, I finally had these four. And the one below of one catching his breath.

Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight - Click To Enlarge
Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight – Click To Enlarge

 

 

Anhinga Kissy Face

There is an interaction between mated birds as they greet each other. I had never really thought about it until witnessing the ritual. And in general it’s…a kiss hello.

Anhinga Kissy Face - Click To Enlarge
Anhinga Kissy Face – Click To Enlarge

Here, a male Anhinga returns to the nest. The female (soft brown neck feathers) greets him by rubbing and grabbing his beak. The same ritual, plus resting on each others shoulder, holds true for Egrets and Herons.

The old ‘Honey I’m Home’.

 

Lower Light, Great Egret

Shot in very low light, but with a high end lens. That’s what allowed the egret to be so crisp. A Canon 100-400 on a Canon 7D2 was used here.

Lower Light, Great Egret - Click To Enlarge
Lower Light, Great Egret – Click To Enlarge

A short coming here is the fact, that like all lens, the sharpest images require you to pull back on the focal length. This was at about 300 mm. But the clear image means it can be cropped to a 16×9 with no lose. Also here there was no need for any changes other than the crop for a standard print size.

 

 

Full House, Egret, Anhinga

I liked this image because of all that was going on. Click to enlarge to see it all.

Full House, Egret, Anhinga - Click To Enlarge
Full House, Egret, Anhinga – Click To Enlarge

The Great Egret had landed on top of this small island. It was at full capacity with nesting Anhinga. The center of the image has a nesting bird if you look closely.

They screamed at each other a bit, but no damage was done.

Ironically a week before,  this was a Heron nest. This group of Anhinga moved in and drove the Great Blue off.