Great Egret Take Off

I remain fascinated by how elegantly the large wading birds fly. This Great Egret was surveying the marsh from the top of a tree.

Great Egret Posing in Tree
Great Egret Posing in Tree

He picked his direction and with one step and a flap of his wings he was off.

Great Egret Ready for Takeoff
Great Egret Ready for Takeoff

Unlike some of the other large birds, the Great Egrets’ wings are nearly silently when they take off so unless you are watching you don’t even know they are gone.

Great Egret In Flight
Great Egret In Flight

7/3/2018 Donnelley Wildlife Management Area

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron

This young Yellow-crowned Night Heron was concentrating, although it was hard to say on what. His perch of a dead limb was hanging over a pond where he could go fishing, but he didn’t seem to be watching the water.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron

I watched awhile to see if he would come out into the brighter light. He was content to stay where the overhang of a larger tree provided some shade, occasionally changing direction and practicing the heron “standing still” skill.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Pointy

It’s always interesting to note the objects dragonflies choose to land on. When available they often select stationery man-made objects over natural options. Could it be they prefer not to bounce in the breeze while on a reed or limb? This one certainly had an unobstructed view of any potential prey.

Dragonfly on Rusty Fence
Dragonfly on Rusty Fence

This pole is part of a rusting fence that is around a plot at Magnolia Cemetery.