Source: Snowy Egret Showing Off
I had been questioning why there were so few Green Herons around. Last year the swamps had so many we basically stopped photographing them.
It seems they have moved a mile closer to the rivers. We walked a marsh the other day and found plenty. Of course most moved off quickly, but I did get a few shots.
The bird above was hiding along the banks, the edge of the woods actually, under branches. I took 2 quick shots in changing light.
I’m just not kneeling around the muck as much as I once did. You might say it’s age, I say wisdom.
We see Tricolored Herons around the swamps. They have even nested there, in the larger rookery. However their preferred environment is the open marshes and tidal lands.
This was taken in open old rice fields. The area is great for in flight shots… if the birds are within range.
The down side of these open areas is just that, wide open and birds will see you first. At the least you will get practice with your equipment.
Source: Solitary Wood Stork
Source: Wood Duck, Female
Source: Roseate Spoonbill Close Up
I had made a comment to someone that we were planning on searching for some Wood Storks the following day. It’s nice, and not easy, to find a small flock of maybe 12 or so.
I never expected to find a huge flock, mingled with another arge flock of Great Egrets. I have no idea how many birds there were, too much movement.
I do know there were more than anyone I know has seen together.
When we are out shooting the plan is to pick a known area and slowly enter the ‘spots’. However, Wood Storks can be found by watching where they seem to be landing. Open marshes usually.
With luck you can access the area, not always easy with marshes.
On a good day, and that’s only a very few per year, we can get the in flight shots and finally the birds low and feeding.
Here it helped the birds went down into a canal and us on a berm slightly above. At the same level reeds and tall grasses are the problem. Not to mention the birds are almost as tall as us so you need distance to get…
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Now that I know what he is looking for focusing on his next perch should be easier. Getting in flight shots in this thicker swamp is not easy. Everything imaginable is in the way.
With luck perhaps I will be able to anticipate which over hangs he favors. The Crayfish are along the underwater roots of Cypress trees here. I will keep that in mind next time I spot him
I almost never get a Wood Stork in flight this close.
This is how you see Wood Storks (below).
The fact we were having these fly by’s should have told us there were large flocks in the area.
I was so busy with Roseate Spoonbills I grabbed the Wood Stork photographs and didn’t give it any more thought.
Later on we stumbled on a huge flock, maybe 100 +, but those need to be finished yet.