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Nature’s Spectacular, 3

I was able to move further down the dike where I took the first and second posts of this series and found a wide opening where I watched hundreds of birds move in a steady stream into the next open area.

Wading Bird Frenzy
Wading Bird Frenzy

Most of them weren’t interest in the open canal directly in front of me, but a few stopped.

Wading Bird Frenzy
Wading Bird Frenzy

A few egrets waded across. I wondered if the birds were getting tired as they had been at this frenzied activity for well over an hour that I knew of.

Wading Bird Frenzy
Wading Bird Frenzy

Once the birds got further to my right my view was obstructed by the reeds.

Wading Bird Frenzy
Wading Bird Frenzy

Nature’s Spectacular, 2

As the wading birds from the feeding frenzy lifted lifted into the air some of them left, either individually or in groups.

Wood Storks in Flight
Wood Storks in Flight

A group of Wood Storks pulled away from the frenzied group and formed into a ragged line.

Wood Storks in Flight
Wood Storks in Flight

These storks circled and got a little higher then took off for a distant section of the marsh. They were soon replaced by another group that somehow got the word the fishing was good here.

Wood Storks in Flight
Wood Storks Flock in Flight, one White Ibis, one Snowy Egret along for the trip

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.