Category Archives: Wading Birds

Personal Island for Great Blue Heron

On his own island paradise, complete with snacks, a Great Blue Heron was drifting down the canal at the edge of the old rice fields.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

The shrimp were to his liking.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

The island clump was moving just fast enough to make me dizzy looking through the view finder.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

The Heron paced back and forth a few times and settled on some smaller catches, barely seen hanging from his mouth here.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

He left paradise as it rounded a turn, but the fishing must have been good off its shores as he returned just a few minutes later.

Splish Splash

It’s always a surprise to see a wading bird in the water with their body in. This Little Blue Heron was taking a prolonged bath in water that was a bit murky.

Little Blue Heron taking bath
Little Blue Heron taking bath – click photo for larger view

He stood in one spot having a soak for at least ten minutes. I’m not sure if those bubbles were from his splashing that I missed or something else was in the water.

Little Blue Heron taking bath
Little Blue Heron taking bath – click photo for larger view

Then the action started:

Little Blue Heron taking bath
Little Blue Heron taking bath – click photo for larger view

Bathing can be hard on your coiffure.

Little Blue Heron taking bath
Little Blue Heron taking bath – click photo for larger view

Finally hopping out of the water for a big shake.

Little Blue Heron taking bath
Little Blue Heron taking bath – click photo for larger view

And another:

Little Blue Heron taking bath
Little Blue Heron taking bath – click photo for larger view

Then a peaceful rest at the edge of his personal bath tub.

Little Blue Heron taking bath
Little Blue Heron taking bath – click photo for larger view

 

Wood Stork Flying Low

The tide was nearly low and the wading birds were steadily gathering food in the condensed water at the edge of the marsh. A group of six or eight Wood Storks waded back and forth mostly with their heads down searching for fish.

Wood Stork Flight
Wood Stork Flight – Peak a Boo – click photo for larger view

As the water continued to drain, occasionally they would fly back to where the water was deeper.

Wood Stork Flight
Wood Stork Flight  – click photo for larger view

The moon-scape look of the exposed sand made this stork with his big shadow look even more pre-historic.

Wood Stork Flight
Wood Stork Flight with shadow and reflection  – click photo for larger view

Snowy Egret

This Snowy Egret is likely a regular around this small pond. He was content for me to walk by as he surveyed they area from this cement embankment near the road.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

Then I took one step too close and he lifted up onto a dead branch and proceeded to twist around for some personal grooming.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

The branch hung out over the pond and I was able to move around the corner and get a couple different backgrounds as he posed one legged.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

I wanted to get the nice green palm fronds or the flowering Crepe Myrtle that edged the pond but as it turns out I would have had to have my feet with the alligators to get those shots.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

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Roseate Spoonbills

You have to love the pink. Actually, what’s not to love about a Spoonbill?

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills – click on photo for larger view

The profile of a mature Roseate Spoonbill in flight shows off that fabulous pink and the bill well adapted for feeding in shallow water.

Roseate Spoonbill in Flight
Roseate Spoonbill in Flight – click on photo for larger view

The Spoonbills in this group are younger with less color, but still something to look at.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills and Tricolor Heron  – click on photo for larger view

Their flight seems effortless and like most of the large wading birds they are masters of the glide.

Roseate Spoonbill in Flight
Roseate Spoonbill in Flight  – click on photo for larger view

Immature Little Blue Heron

Dwarfed by the reeds and grasses growing at the edge of the marsh this immature Little Blue Heron squawked his way to a landing then seemed unsure what to do.

Young Little Blue Heron
Young Little Blue Heron

His mottled coloration made him  stand out nicely from the green background as he took a stroll along the irrigation canal bordering the marsh.

Young Little Blue Heron
Young Little Blue Heron

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