This is the first time I’ve seen more than one or two wading birds in these two trees that are at the edge of a tidal marsh. Snowy Egrets were coming and going in the first tree, with one lone White Ibis on the left. The sky wasn’t a great backdrop on this morning but I couldn’t pass up photographing this activity.
White Ibis dominated the second tree and while I’m not that happy to have fall arrive, the leafless trees did allow a good look at the birds.
About ten minutes before I took these images several hundred wading birds, mostly White Ibis, were sharing this space with these Wood Storks. I couldn’t see them, but they sure were making some noise as they fed.
These few Wood Storks ignored the “go” signal of the masses and continued their rest. I was able to get to a break in the reeds lining the dike to see what was left behind.
I could see bird activity down one of the dikes that divides the old rice field ponds where a canal widened a bit. The dike has varying heights of reeds at the edge which serves as a nice blind, but can interfere with a good shot. Hence the fuzz on the lower right of this image. The Cormorants took off just after I took this.
None of the images were great this day as the light was dull, but I saw a variety of activity. A few Wood Storks came and went, sometimes feeding and sometimes just standing around.
The light brightened a little as this Roseate Spoonbill worked his way to the far side of this canal.
I’m still occasionally seeing dragonflies, capturing these on Sunday as he investigated a manicured shrub hedge.
Look closely through his wing below and you’ll spot another thorn pointing away from his body.
An un-obscured head shot proved elusive and the direction of his position may have been due to the stiff breeze we had that day. These were taken in an area that is often overrun with mosquitoes so I was happy to have the air movement.