Category Archives: Wading Birds

Early Morning Great Blue Heron

The sun was up but it was a hazy. A Great Blue Heron passed by with a few squawks, putting out his landing gear.

Great Blue Heron Landing
Great Blue Heron Landing

He scored a nice landing.

Great Blue Heron Landing
Great Blue Heron Landing

He only stayed a moment, perhaps rethinking being out in the open. Two Bald Eagles were patrolling the skies, and while the Great Blue would be an unlikely target they are keenly aware of the predators.

Great Blue Heron Landing
Great Blue Heron Landing

Ibis Notes

Reminding me of musical notes on a staff these White Ibis were writing a song in a dead tree.

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

However, they weren’t all carrying the same tune, and seemed to covet each others’ spots.

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

Being “king of the hill” is a popular bird theme.

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

Pushing right to the limit, this fellow held a long note.

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

I circled around to get better light and most of the Ibis had moved on to another song.

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

Juvenile Little Blue Heron in the Flowers

This juvenile Little Blue Heron was just poking along in between the swamp sunflowers.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Their preferred hunting ground is in the water which was just behind this flower clump, but herons will eat insects and anoles found on dry land.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

This fellow in with the flowers was a nice picture, even if he didn’t find any lunch.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

White Ibis, Dark Pond

I occasionally take a walk to this small pond after checking out the action on the big pond. The pond hasĀ  a full tree canopy so the light is usually poor for photographs, but late in the day some dappled sun works through. And some days the walk rewards me with a bird.

White Ibis
White Ibis

This trip it was an adult White Ibis, slowing working his way back and forth, in and out of the patches of sunlight.

White Ibis
White Ibis

Then something startled him and he retreated to a spot above the water at the back of the pond, where he carefully checked the sky.

White Ibis
White Ibis