“Little Blue Herons may gain a survival advantage by wearing white during their first year of life. Immature birds are likelier than their blue elders to be tolerated by Snowy Egrets—and in the egrets’ company, they catch more fish. Mingling in mixed-species flocks of white herons, immature Little Blue Herons probably also acquire extra protection against predators.” (Cornell University).
This bird must have been a late hatch since his legs are still the green color of juveniles too.
In the image above I can’t tell if the head shading is a water reflection or blue feathers starting to grow.
This image was taken about 2 miles from the rookery we photograph so I assume this was one of the late bloomers we shot last August.
No series of Owl photographs could be complete without the Great Horned Owl. The largest owl in the US, however the Great Grey and Eurasian Eagle Owl are actually larger.
He was not bored, birds will yawn when nervous.
The feathers around his face that make up the fierce looking circle really direct sound to the ears and is one of the reasons owls can hunt at night. An owl in a completely black room can still catch a mouse.
The photograph above is a common pose. This site has numerous pages of owl portraits and you will see this position often. That’s because most owls cannot see very well closeup. At a distance, wow. If you ever see an owl bobbing their head up and down when staring at something it’s because they are trying to focus.
All 3 photographs are the same bird. I followed his path while he weaved by, and around me.
Flying over a dike trail to land in the thick cane.
In the image above a water gate for the marsh can be seen. The Ashley River (lowcountry South Carolina) feeds the marsh here. Probably the same dike used for the rice plantations that were part of this marsh.
To get these photographs I stayed still on a dike trail and followed the heron as he flew past me heading up river, and suddenly changed his mind flying over the dike I was on.
In general, turning and panning the bird as he flew by allowed me to get several different angles.