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Black Vultures, Dead Tree in Silhouette

The dike where I took Black Vultures sitting in this tree takes a 90 degree turn which gave me a different vantage point for this post’s images. The sun was now behind the birds and it was very hazy.

Black Vultures in Dead Tree
Black Vultures in Dead Tree

The outline of the tree and birds is pretty interesting, as is the postion of the two Vultures seen here. The third Vulture is in that clump in the middle in the first image.

Black Vulture on Branch
Black Vulture on Branch

Great Blue Heron Silhouette

We are at that time of year when there is a lot of Great Blue Heron activity in the swamp at the end of the day with last minute nest building, one mate returning to the nest after feeding, and new-comers looking for a spot. Unfortunately the sun has dipped below the tree line and there is very little light to capture the action.

Great Blue Heron Silhouette
Great Blue Heron Silhouette

So silhouettes are an interesting option. I particularly like this next one with the heron’s foot flexed.

Great Blue Heron Silhouette
Great Blue Heron Silhouette

This heron settled down, probably wondering where to spend the night. Not all of the singles are paired with a mate yet with a nest to return to.

Great Blue Heron Silhouette
Great Blue Heron Silhouette

Great Blue Heron Presenting the Stick

I had wandered away from the heron rookery when not much was going on. When I returned about an hour later this Great Blue Heron nest building action was unfolding. It was much darker in the shade than I anticipated but I didn’t want to risk loosing the stick presentation so didn’t change camera settings, ending up with underexposed images.

I liked the artsy silhouette look and look forward to another opportunity to get brighter images.

Great Blue Heron Pair Stick RitualGreat Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual

After the female gave the stick her approval the male lined it up for the pass off.

Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual
Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual

The female turned the stick…

Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual
Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual

…nearly wacking her mate in the head.

Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual
Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual

The female placed the stick in the nest while the male got a closer look and gave her a gentle nudge.

Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual
Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual

The male stood back as the female poked the stick into its proper place.

Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual
Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual

Click on any photo for larger view.

01/14/2018

Great Egret Silhouette in Tree

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.

Great Egret in Dead Tree
Great Egret in Dead Tree

This was taken shortly after sun rise just about into the sun.