Category Archives: Wading Birds

Early Seeding Maple

A maple tree stands on this small island, actually more of a struggle, as it doesn’t stand straight and there isn’t much more to it than what you see here in this image taken this week. This tree is an early bloomer, and a variety with bright red seed pods.

Ravenswood Pond, Maple Branch
Ravenswood Pond, Maple Branch

Finding a bird in the right light tucked in among these bright maple seeds is a treat. The next two images were taken a few weeks ago on a windy day when most of the wading birds were staying low. The light wasn’t great but I couldn’t resist the red.

Great Blue Heron in Maple Tree
Great Blue Heron in Maple Tree

A small flock of White Ibis has had this island on their daily route for most of the winter. I often see them sticking out of the pine trees on the far end of the island and was happy to spot these two on the trail side.

White Ibis in Maple Tree
White Ibis in Maple Tree – Peek-a-boo

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

This juvenile Juvenile Little Blue Heron is just starting to show some mottling as he turns from white to blue.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

He was the only wading bird around this small pond at the end of the afternoon.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

He took his time poking around the perimeter, going in and out of the dappled sun.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron, Eye Reflection

Snowy Egrets Flying with Reflections

This tidal pond was fairly still, with a group of Snowy and Great Egrets having a feeding frenzy in the left corner as the water ebbed.

Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections
Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections

This pair of Snowy Egrets flew in to see what was happening, creating some interesting reflections. A few ripples in the water made doubles of part of the closer bird in this next image.

Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections
Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections

In this one I like how the closer bird is connected to the further bird’s reflection.

Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections
Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections

The ripple had a different effect here, making an S curve out of the closer leg reflection.

Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections
Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections

As the pair came closer to shore and started their landings some bushes ended by view.

Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections
Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
January 1, 2020

White Ibis

I’ve spotted White Ibis all around the swamp recently, including taking a turn in the Skinny Tree while the Great Blue Heron was away.

White Ibis in the Skinny Tree
White Ibis in the Skinny Tree — Look close there are two on the right.

Ibis feed by probing with their long bill and this one is surprisingly clean for standing in the duck weed.

White Ibis
White Ibis, Showing off his blue eye

Several of them landed in a pine tree over the trail, unconcerned about observers.

White Ibis
White Ibis in Pine Tree

Although this one had a bit to say.

White Ibis
White Ibis in Pine Tree

Great Blue Herons, Out of the Wind

It was quite cold and windy yesterday and many of the Great Blue Herons around the rookery were down on the ground rather than standing in their partially built nests.

Great Blue Heron in Grass
Great Blue Heron in Grass

We have something new to watch for around the swamp as signs of a beaver chewing on trees and cypress knees have appeared over the last few days. In the picture below the shiny, lighter colored wood is newly exposed.

Great Blue Heron Under Trees
Great Blue Heron Under Trees, Cypress Knees Chewed

This images gives a better idea of how it looks. It will be interesting to see if beaver have taken up residence or were just passing by.

Cypress Knees with Bark Stripped Off
Cypress Knees with Bark Stripped Off