A Great Blue Heron returning to the nest. It was the end of the day.
The sun goes down behind the trees off to our right in most places this time of year.
When the sun finally shifts mid spring light will be better.
However, that’s about the time the trees leaf out hiding many of the nests.
No matter what, this is really quite a show.
One of the usual scenes, this time the local birds were around.
Bear Island, South Carolina.
He is one of the bigger ones in this swamp, and likes this old ramp. I think it’s a good assumption this is the same Alligator I see sleeping here often.
If he cleaned himself up a bit I could be sure. Wearing a suit of algae and duck weed makes it much harder.
And once again the small Warblers came around me.
I guess the ‘little’ birds are finally taking a liking to me.
I’ve mentioned in the past how we setup for flight shots based on a birds repeated path.
Obviously it doesn’t always work… like this.
Grab the shot and hope he pulls up.
You know the shot was right when you see the dripping water.
The distance on these shots was pretty good to get details.
The Herons usually follow the same path each time they leave the nest. In this case I planted myself at a spot I though was about right.
It was. But then the next time he left the nest… totally different direction.
Of course he did.
Hooded Merganser males, trying to impress a lady.
Bobbing heads and a little twirling .
She may have looked, but i would say she really could not care any less.
I never get close to them and was happy to get these, and a few other, shots. I left my long lens in the car, and of course didn’t go back to get it.
Not very glamorous, but needs to be done.