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Black-crowned Night Heron Surprise

Came out of nowhere! Sad thing was I had been looking for them at the time. Of course I looked in the wrong direction.

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

This was the only in flight that was decent.

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

For a moment he sat on this outer branch allowing me a second chance. And next, swallowed up into the brush.

These Night Herons nest inside the deeper brush here giving me limited chances for a clear photograph.

 

Tale Of Two Herons: Rescue

The unguarded heron nests have been an invitation for the aggressive Great Egrets to take them over while the adults are away. This can have a catastrophic result for young birds. Many young have been lost this spring.

To view an attack click here.

Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue - Click To Enlarge
Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue – Click To Enlarge

However here an adult returned back to the nest just as the attack was entering the final stage. It has gone on for over 2 hours and the chicks were tiring. If it had been a single chick the nest would have been lost within an hour.

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Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue – Click To Enlarge

The Egret had determined a sideways move separated the young and had successfully struck them each at least once.

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Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue – Click To Enlarge

The adult arrived low over the trees and surprised the Egret. The typical loud croaking yells gave him enough warning to escape.

To be fair the cheers of the group of photographers was louder.

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Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue – Click To Enlarge

The adult settled in and stood looking around. I get the impression there was no anger or vicious reaction (unlike the Egret). It was something that happens, and now it’s over. The chicks were still pretty excited though.

Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue - Click To Enlarge
Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue – Click To Enlarge
Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue - Click To Enlarge
Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue – Click To Enlarge
Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue - Click To Enlarge
Tale Of Two Herons, Rescue – Click To Enlarge

I had always been under the impression an adult would always stay behind with young. This is obviously not the case. This nest has been attacked several times since these photographs. The chicks are now big enough to deal with it. Others nearby have been lost.

At this time I don’t plan on publishing any of those. The images were taken from too far and it would be publishing something just for the sake of the end result.

Little Snowy Dancing On The Water

I’ve been waiting for this Snowy Egret to come a little closer. Prior to these almost every image was just a little too far away.

What makes it fun is to see how he dances around the water, almost like a gull, and snatches small fish from above.

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Little Snowy Dancing On The Water – Click To Enlarge
Little Snowy Dancing On The Water - Click To Enlarge
Little Snowy Dancing On The Water – Click To Enlarge

At times he flits around the alligators almost ignoring them. So far he has pulled it off.

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Little Snowy Dancing On The Water – Click To Enlarge
Little Snowy Dancing On The Water - Click To Enlarge
Little Snowy Dancing On The Water – Click To Enlarge

I hope he doesn’t get sloppy about this. It only takes one mistake.

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Little Snowy Dancing On The Water – Click To Enlarge

Solitary Little Blue

I held off publishing this because I knew as soon as I finished his friends would show. And they did, but not in time to add their photographs here.

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Solitary Little Blue – Click To Enlarge

What makes this interesting is it was taken at a secondary, smaller, rookery. At this location the wading birds who would avoid the big birds nest. It’s empty now but Night Herons have also been stopping by.

Soon there will be another swamp area to visit.

Great Egret Over A Swamp

When I first saw the egret coming towards us it looked to be an easy shot. She was in a lazy glide, no hurry at all.

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Great Egret Over A Swamp – Click To Enlarge
Great Egret Over A Swamp - Click To Enlarge
Great Egret Over A Swamp – Click To Enlarge

Her destination was a small island cypress tree. However that changed quickly. Another egret was heading there too.

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Great Egret Over A Swamp – Click To Enlarge
Great Egret Over A Swamp - Click To Enlarge
Great Egret Over A Swamp – Click To Enlarge

She flew right by and made a quick U-turn. With Egrets that’s all it takes. Behind the branches (where I couldn’t get a clean image) they chased and fought.

Such pretty birds, but this time of year they can be the worst out there.