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Wood Storks In The Shallow End

And as always the water level is changing in the marshes again. We have had some serious rain lately so you would think the water is deep, just the opposite.

Wood Storks In The Shallow End
Wood Storks In The Shallow End

A series of dikes and water trunks (gates) keep the wet lands flowing. These were taken a few days ago, and the trunks must have been closed.

Wood Storks In The Shallow End
Wood Storks In The Shallow End

A few hours ago (7/15/2019) some gates were open and water was moving with the tide.

Wood Storks In The Shallow End
Wood Storks In The Shallow End

These Storks can fly to tremendous heights, they find shallow water and land to take advantage of the opportunity to fish.

Red-winged Black Bird, Male

This time of year the Red-wing’s are all over the marshes. The males flaunting their vivid epilate’s.

Red-winged Black Bird, Male
Red-winged Black Bird, Male

Getting a photograph, no matter how many are around, is tricky. Besides being a black bird (no color to catch…at all) the tall grasses block them.

Red-winged Black Bird, Male
Red-winged Black Bird, Male

Half the time I can’t even tell if a thin reed is blowing around between the bird and me.

Red-winged Black Bird, Male
Red-winged Black Bird, Male

Back to basics, just take the shot.

Red-winged Black Bird, Male
Red-winged Black Bird, Male

Here, no blowing grass to ruin the view. How lucky is that.

On The Hunt, Great Blue Heron

This Heron was hunting along the edge of a large man made pond. Just off behind was a perfectly good swamp, but this is where he chose.

On The Hunt, Great Blue Heron
On The Hunt, Great Blue Heron

He was working this spot hard too.

On The Hunt, Great Blue HeronOn The Hunt, Great Blue Heron
On The Hunt, Great Blue Heron

I was leaving the area when I noticed him, they generally are smart hunters so I waited around to see what he would do.

On The Hunt, Great Blue HeronOn The Hunt, Great Blue Heron
On The Hunt, Great Blue Heron

Slow and methodical work. For me, like watching paint dry. Everything was so slow he was killing me.

On The Hunt, Great Blue Heron
On The Hunt, Great Blue Heron

The Heron kept up his slow motion moves. Finally I had to change my spot.

On The Hunt, Great Blue Heron
On The Hunt, Great Blue Heron

As soon as I had a tree between us………. He got his fish.

Me, of course I missed the catch. At least he finally had something. Bad luck for the fish.