Category Archives: Wading Birds

Nature’s Spectacular, 1

There was so much bird activity in this marsh it was hard to know where to look. It was an experience to be taken in with a wide view, not for images of an individual bird.

Wading Bird Frenzy
Wading Bird Frenzy

The entire flock was feeding in shallow water and slowly working from my left to right. All of the birds would be down and mostly hidden from my view then several hundred would lift off and advance, setting down at the front of the group. They probably were following any remaining fish that were trying to escape.

Wading Birds in Flight
Wading Birds in Flight

This was one of the most remarkable displays I’ve witnessed while out photographing nature.

Wading Bird Frenzy Takes Flight
Wading Bird Frenzy Takes Flight

The wading birds included Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Tricolored Herons, White Ibis, and Glossy Ibis. There were a few Grackles in the mix, too.

Wood Storks in a Dead Tree

There were hundreds of Wood Storks in the trees at the back of the field and in the rice field canals, most of them tucked down or just too far away for good images. This dead tree served as a perch for a small group of storks and couple stray White Ibis as they rotated in and out of the distant trees.

Coming and Going
Wood Storks Coming and Going

One or two would land and almost immediately on or two would ext the tree. This was another one of those natural happenings that seemed to have a secret signal.

Coming and Going
Wood Storks Coming and Going

There was another canal between me and this tree but that water didn’t seem appealing to any of the wading birds on this afternoon.

Coming and Going
Wood Storks Coming and Going

The fluffy white clouds were building up pretty quickly and provided a more interesting background than plain blue sky.

Coming and Going
Wood Storks Coming and Going

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, 10/20/2018

Balance Beam Routine

After flying in and perching a few minutes on the end of this old pier support, a Roseate Spoonbill made a deliberate tour of the length of the top beam.

Roseate Spoonbill Walking Beam
Roseate Spoonbill Walking Beam

Carefully, one foot in front of the other like a beginner gymnast he worked his way to the left.

Roseate Spoonbill Walking Beam
Roseate Spoonbill Walking Beam

His feet didn’t quite conform to the shape.

Roseate Spoonbill Walking Beam
Roseate Spoonbill Walking Beam

There was a quick peak over the edge.

Roseate Spoonbill Walking Beam
Roseate Spoonbill Walking Beam

Then an awkward leg lift.

Roseate Spoonbill Walking Beam
Roseate Spoonbill Walking Beam

At the end, now what?

Roseate Spoonbill Walking Beam
Roseate Spoonbill Walking Beam

That was the end of the routine; I waited in vain for a spectacular dismount.

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, 10/20/2018.