Tag Archives: Wading Birds

Splish Splash

It’s always a surprise to see a wading bird in the water with their body in. This Little Blue Heron was taking a prolonged bath in water that was a bit murky.

Little Blue Heron taking bath
Little Blue Heron taking bath – click photo for larger view

He stood in one spot having a soak for at least ten minutes. I’m not sure if those bubbles were from his splashing that I missed or something else was in the water.

Little Blue Heron taking bath
Little Blue Heron taking bath – click photo for larger view

Then the action started:

Little Blue Heron taking bath
Little Blue Heron taking bath – click photo for larger view

Bathing can be hard on your coiffure.

Little Blue Heron taking bath
Little Blue Heron taking bath – click photo for larger view

Finally hopping out of the water for a big shake.

Little Blue Heron taking bath
Little Blue Heron taking bath – click photo for larger view

And another:

Little Blue Heron taking bath
Little Blue Heron taking bath – click photo for larger view

Then a peaceful rest at the edge of his personal bath tub.

Little Blue Heron taking bath
Little Blue Heron taking bath – click photo for larger view

 

Wood Stork Flying Low

The tide was nearly low and the wading birds were steadily gathering food in the condensed water at the edge of the marsh. A group of six or eight Wood Storks waded back and forth mostly with their heads down searching for fish.

Wood Stork Flight
Wood Stork Flight – Peak a Boo – click photo for larger view

As the water continued to drain, occasionally they would fly back to where the water was deeper.

Wood Stork Flight
Wood Stork Flight  – click photo for larger view

The moon-scape look of the exposed sand made this stork with his big shadow look even more pre-historic.

Wood Stork Flight
Wood Stork Flight with shadow and reflection  – click photo for larger view

Snowy Egret

This Snowy Egret is likely a regular around this small pond. He was content for me to walk by as he surveyed they area from this cement embankment near the road.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

Then I took one step too close and he lifted up onto a dead branch and proceeded to twist around for some personal grooming.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

The branch hung out over the pond and I was able to move around the corner and get a couple different backgrounds as he posed one legged.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

I wanted to get the nice green palm fronds or the flowering Crepe Myrtle that edged the pond but as it turns out I would have had to have my feet with the alligators to get those shots.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

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Roseate Spoonbills

You have to love the pink. Actually, what’s not to love about a Spoonbill?

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills – click on photo for larger view

The profile of a mature Roseate Spoonbill in flight shows off that fabulous pink and the bill well adapted for feeding in shallow water.

Roseate Spoonbill in Flight
Roseate Spoonbill in Flight – click on photo for larger view

The Spoonbills in this group are younger with less color, but still something to look at.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills and Tricolor Heron  – click on photo for larger view

Their flight seems effortless and like most of the large wading birds they are masters of the glide.

Roseate Spoonbill in Flight
Roseate Spoonbill in Flight  – click on photo for larger view

Immature Little Blue Heron

Dwarfed by the reeds and grasses growing at the edge of the marsh this immature Little Blue Heron squawked his way to a landing then seemed unsure what to do.

Young Little Blue Heron
Young Little Blue Heron

His mottled coloration made him  stand out nicely from the green background as he took a stroll along the irrigation canal bordering the marsh.

Young Little Blue Heron
Young Little Blue Heron

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Green Herons

Several Green Herons were sitting around a pond with the early morning sun highlighting their beautiful colors. The first one had the most elegant surroundings, dripping with Spanish Moss.

Green Heron
Green Heron

This one was concentrating for hunting, but never left the branch.

Green Heron
Green Heron

This perch didn’t look like much to me, rather high off the water for fishing but this Heron defended it from another who wanted to at least share the space.

Green Heron
Green Heron

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Juvenile Little Blue Heron Portraits

Here is a selection of juvenile Little Blue Heron portraits with nature provided backgrounds. You can just start to see some color in the tips of the tail feathers.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

The pin head feathers aren’t as prominent as the chicks get older, although in the right light and humidity conditions they still stand up.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

I liked the way the pine branched framed the back of this one and was wishing I was a foot or so taller to line it up better.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

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Wood Stork in Flight

I’ve not had much success getting shots of the larger wading birds in flight with any context even with all the recent photography opportunities nearby. They are so big it’s hard to get a good angle that includes so much as a tree.

Wood stork in Flight
Wood stork in Flight

These photographs of a Wood Stork do give a sense of their wingspan, even with nothing else but the sky in the photos. And their subtle green color is shown off when the wings are flapping “down.”

Wood stork in Flight
Wood stork in Flight