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Up Above The Swamp, Herons

This is a small set of photographs taken at a wider angle. Here some perspective is provided about the general environment the birds are living in.

Up Above The Swamp, Herons - click to enlarge
Up Above The Swamp, Herons – click to enlarge

Some nests are in larger tress, on an island within this swamp. The thick branches grow out over the water.

Up Above The Swamp, Herons - click to enlarge
Up Above The Swamp, Herons – click to enlarge

Above, closer to the old island trees multiple nests have begin.

Up Above The Swamp, Herons - click to enlarge
Up Above The Swamp, Herons – click to enlarge

Last here is a the top of a single cypress tree living in the swamp water. Each year these cypress become homes for multiple Heron and Egret nests.

For the next 6 months the next generation of southern wildlife will begin here. As one species reaches adulthood and moves on another will be born and raised.

Keeping A Watchful Eye, Ibis

While Ibis can grow to a decent sized bird there are still plenty of predators interested in them.

Keeping A Watchful Eye, Ibis - click to enlarge
Keeping A Watchful Eye, Ibis – click to enlarge

Up high like this there biggest threat would probably be an Eagle, and there are plenty around.

No matter where an animal is in the order of things there is almost always another right above them.

Keeping A Watchful Eye, Ibis - click to enlarge
Keeping A Watchful Eye, Ibis – click to enlarge

Especially out here.

 

Red-shouldered Hawk, Sitting Along A Trail

Red-shoulder’s are one of the more beautiful raptors. This one had especially bold markings.

Red-shouldered Hawk, Sitting Along A Trail - click to enlarge
Red-shouldered Hawk, Sitting Along A Trail – click to enlarge

Hawks frequent this general location since the swamps there provide all types of prey. This day we spotted numerous birds, mated pairs I assume.

Red-shouldered Hawk, Sitting Along A Trail - click to enlarge
Red-shouldered Hawk, Sitting Along A Trail – click to enlarge

The big problem photographing them is the trees they prefer. Branches and twigs almost always block the view making a clear shot impossible.

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Evening Egret Flight

A Great Egret flying to a dark corner at sun down.

Evening Egret Flight - click to enlarge
Evening Egret Flight – click to enlarge

Considering the light I kept this shot. I always like a white bird photographed on a contrasting background. I just find it hard to get the right balance.

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Gallinule Passing

If you have never seen a Gallinule click an image below to view full screen. They are nondescript, except for that shiny vivid beak.

Gallinule Passing - click to enlarge
Gallinule Passing – click to enlarge

The red section almost looks like a dancers patent leather shoes. Yellow part is just as bright.

Gallinule Passing - click to enlarge
Gallinule Passing – click to enlarge

This is the most common water fowl in the Lowcountry. Loud and everywhere.