I like the shape of this tree and its similarity to a wading bird foot. It seemed appropriate that these Wood Storks lined up across the branches.
After taking too many Roseate Spoonbill in flight images with plain blue backgrounds, I tried a monochrome treatment for something a little different. I like the outline of the bird from beak to toenails but miss the pink.
Now that nesting season is over it is unusual to see Great Blue Herons perched high in a tree. This one found the perfect pine branch to have a look around the pond.
We drive through several miles of forest to get to the big pond at Donnelley Wildlife Management area. The tree canopy filters the light and somehow the little birds that I have a clear view of are seldom in a patch of light. That doesn’t stop me from taking some images and occasionally I get a keeper like this silhouette.
A Tricolored Heron lined up with a few small trees and pond debris that have gotten hung up in the middle of the old rice field pond.
He looked like he might be trying to hide in plain sight. It was a drab scene with grey water and brown vegetation. I liked it better in monochrome.
I’ve seen all sizes of birds land in this dead tree, from swallows to eagles. Sometimes they share, but this Great Egret had it all to himself. It is protected on a small island created by canals at the edge of two old rice fields. Humans can’t get to it and it has a 360 degree view over several impoundments, useful for scoping out a bird’s next meal.
This was taken shortly after sun rise just about into the sun.