Green Heron Stalking Lunch

Slowly, slowly a Green Heron inched along a log and finally moved into a small patch of sun for a well lit photograph.

Green Heron
Green Heron

Herons are known for their patient hunting and this one had the routine down.

Green Heron
Green Heron

With less patience than the Green Heron I put my camera down when he stood up a bit thinking he had given up on whatever he was stalking. I should have stuck with it another 20 seconds.

Green Heron
Green Heron

Bam, a large frog became lunch but was not to be photographed as heron with frog disappeared into the dark underbrush.

Little Blue Heron Teaching Flying

Adult Little Blue Herons actively teach their young how to fly, encouraging them to take off by demonstrating and often tempting them to the end of branches with food. This adult and the juvenile on the right had their legs intertwined so I thought for sure the juvenile would launch.

Juvenile Little Blue Herons
Juvenile Little Blue Herons with Adult

The juvenile of this trio on the left had at least a short hop down as he arrived from a nearby tree after I started taking these images. The adult took off.

Juvenile Little Blue Herons
Juvenile Little Blue Herons

None of the three juveniles followed the parent.

Juvenile Little Blue Herons
Juvenile Little Blue Herons

After a little squabble the three settled down to wait for the adult to return for another try.

Juvenile Little Blue Herons
Juvenile Little Blue Herons

7/10/2018

Young Wood Ducks

As juvenile Wood Ducks grow it becomes harder to tell them from the adult females. These two were hanging out getting some sun on a recent afternoon, showing some of their newly developed colors.

Wood Ducks
Wood Ducks

Not content to just sit, one of them took a walk to the other end of the ramp to see what a third duck was up to.

Wood Ducks
Wood Ducks

The alligator ramp they are on is not far from shore and any ducks that are on it usually head for the middle of the pond after a few photographs by passers by.

Wood Ducks
Wood Ducks

Dragonfly: Changing Background

I was able to get a variety of images of this posing Dragonfly by shifting myself to the left and right and up and down a bit, changing the background.

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The red color was created by Mosquito Fern growing on the pond surface behind the Dragonfly and the green was created by Duck Weed.

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The Dragonfly was very obliging and struck a classic pose on a dead thorny branch almost at my eye level.

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Spoonbill Landing

I watched several groups of Roseate Spoonbills yesterday feeding in a shallow pond. They were all business as the little fish scurried around in the water.

Roseate Spoonbill Landing
Roseate Spoonbill Landing

This Spoonbill left the group he was with, perhaps hoping for better feeding. Before long the other ten or so from his original group followed along.

Roseate Spoonbill Landing
Roseate Spoonbill Landing

Those in this group didn’t even appear to notice and just kept on feeding.

Roseate Spoonbill Landing
Roseate Spoonbill Landing

Blue Grosbeak

It was easy to see this Blue Grosbeak flitting along in the grass of a roadside field, although I wasn’t sure what it was. I eased out of the car and was able to get an image with a clear view of his head.

Blue Grosbeak
Male Blue Grosbeak – click image for larger view

Grosbeaks are in the Cardinalidae family along with Cardinals, Buntings and Tanagers, all identifiable by their prominent bill. The Blue Grosbeak is slightly larger than an Indigo Bunting and breeding males have chestnut wingbars.

Sunrise Over Marsh 2

There were a few birds in the air as the sun was coming up Sunday morning, including this Great Blue Heron off in search of breakfast.

Great Blue Heron at Sunrise
Great Blue Heron at Dawn

The sky displayed glorious colors for about five minutes. Click the image below for a larger view and you’ll see two birds just above and to the right of the sun.

Sunrise Over Marsh
Sunrise Over Marsh

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, July 15, 2018.
Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS

 

Spoonbill Getting Goosed

Most of the time the Roseate Spoonbills move in a group when they are feeding: all heads down, wade forward, turn left, turn right, concentrate on sifting the water.

Roseate Spoonbill Goosing
Roseate Spoonbill Goosing

Every once in awhile a little kerfuffle breaks out, for reasons only birds can know.

Roseate Spoonbill Goosing
Roseate Spoonbill Goosing

The bird getting goosed here did his best to keep the peace and stepped ahead.

Roseate Spoonbill Goosing
Roseate Spoonbill Goosing

And stepped ahead some more. A third Spoonbill kept about his own business, turning away as the interlopers closed in.

Roseate Spoonbill Goosing
Roseate Spoonbill Goosing, with Great Egret watching

Finally some distance between them and they all settled down and back to feeding.

Roseate Spoonbill Goosing
Roseate Spoonbill Goosing

Sunrise Over Marsh

There was a little fog rolling around the edges of the marsh as the sun inched its way up over the tree line.

Sunrise in Cloudy Sky
Sunrise in Cloudy Sky

The thick cloud bank at the horizon muted the colors.

Sunrise in Cloudy Sky
Sunrise in Cloudy Sky

When the sun had cleared the distant tree tops high wispy clouds mixed the blues and oranges in a delicate palette.

Sunrise in Cloudy Sky
Sunrise in Cloudy Sky

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, July 15, 2018.
Sony Alpha-6500, Sony 20mm F/2.8 Lens