We were out walking the old rice fields a few days ago with no real expectations. It’s an odd time of year here. I guess it’s ‘almost fall’ season. Some birds have migrated through but not in any numbers that I’ve seen photographed.Most of what I spotted were Tricolors.
These images are a Tricolored Heron that flew around me several times. Finally when out in the open I grabbed a few shots. The distance was a bit too much but I was seeing just what I could get out of a small lens…that was too cheap to pass up.
Looking at this now I can see how brown some of the grasses have become.
The anhinga (/ænˈhɪŋɡə/; Anhinga anhinga), sometimes called snakebird, darter, American darter, or water turkey, is a water bird of the warmer parts of the Americas. The word anhinga comes from a’ñinga in the Brazilian Tupi language and means “devil bird” or “snake bird”. The origin of the name is apparent when swimming: only the neck appears above water so the bird looks like a snake ready to strike. (Wikipedia)
Anhinga are a year round resident in the Lowcountry. They breed in a rookery near my house, and have the second ugliest babies in the bird world. Gallinule win the ugly contest, by a big margin.