Tag Archives: Reflection

Pied-billed Grebe and Reflection

Pied-billed Grebes are mighty cute, always looking a little “baby faced.”

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

On this morning at the Ding Darling Wildlife Drive the water was still and the light very nice for reflections.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

Grebes seem to be in constant motion, quickly reversing direction as they search for prey in the water.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

This was one of those days that there was so much bird activity I missed a lot of action, including the fly in and landing of a pair of Grebes.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
January 5,2020

A Hop, Skip, and Jump

The sun was up but the light was dim this morning. This American White Pelican made a nice reflection in the pond as he effortlessly took off.

American White Pelican Taking Flight
American White Pelican Taking Flight

These Pelicans start the lift off without any notice, just lift their wings and go.

American White Pelican Taking Flight
American White Pelican Taking Flight

One more skip.

American White Pelican Taking Flight
American White Pelican Taking Flight

I thought he might settle back down the way he was dragging his feet.

American White Pelican Taking Flight
American White Pelican Taking Flight

Finally, clear of the water. The whole process was just a couple seconds.

American White Pelican Taking Flight
American White Pelican Taking Flight

Mary’s House Pond, Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC.

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

Follow The Leader

The sun was going down behind me as I looped back by the pond where I had photographed the Mottled Duck pair and Tricolored Heron.

I took some landscape images and then realized the ducks and heron were still there, in the tall grass.

Pond, Sun's Last Rays
Pond, Sun’s Last Rays

The Tricolored Heron started working his way back out into the open.

Tricolored Heron and Mottled Duck Pair
Tricolored Heron and Mottled Duck Pair

And the ducks followed him.

Tricolored Heron and Mottled Duck Pair
Tricolored Heron and Mottled Duck Pair

The heron continued to wade and the ducks swam behind, all in a row.

Tricolored Heron and Mottled Duck Pair
Tricolored Heron followed by Mottled Duck Pair

Tricolored Heron in Pond

Just a few feet away from the Mottled Ducks of my last post a Tricolored Heron was standing around.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

He poked the water a few times and made some ripples but he didn’t seem to be actively fishing.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

He settled in and I moved on.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

A wider view of the pond and the wildlife:

Mottled Duck Pair and Tricolored Heron
Mottled Duck Pair and Tricolored Heron

Baily Tract, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
January 6, 2020

Mottled Duck

This pair of Mottled Ducks was swimming in and out of patches of late afternoon sun on a shallow pond.

Mottled Duck Pair
Mottled Duck Pair

I stopped at a bench at the edge of the pond and they watched me as I watched them.

Mottled Duck
Mottled Duck

Baily Tract, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
January 6, 2020

I used the Merlin App to identify these as Mottled Ducks. Further reading at Cornell’s All About Birds:

It’s reminiscent of a female Mallard or an American Black Duck, but this is the closely related Mottled Duck. They’re so closely related that hybridization, especially with Mallards, poses a real threat to the Mottled Duck’s future.

In Florida, hybridization with introduced Mallards has produced many so-called “Muddled Ducks,” and care is needed to confirm identification of a “pure” Mottled Duck.

Great Blue Heron Stroll

When not flying the Great Blue Herons are slow movers most of the time and on this day I watched several just moseying along.

Great Blue Heron Strolling in Pond
Great Blue Heron Strolling in Pond

This one meandered across this pond with no apparent purpose.

Great Blue Heron Strolling in Pond
Great Blue Heron Strolling in Pond

A Wood Stork continued about his business as the Heron waded by.

Great Blue Heron Strolling in Pond
Great Blue Heron Strolling in Pond

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
November 28, 2019