Tricolored Heron With Breeding Plumage On Nest

These images of a Tricolored Heron in Breeding Plumage on the nest were taken a couple of years ago on a photo trip to Florida. These were taken at the Rookery at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. I was using a Tamron 150-600mm lens on a Canon R. This combo worked great for getting images in the Rookery because there were so many photo opportunities, some were far off but many were extremely close, almost too close! I was fortunate to come upon this Tricolored Heron in High Breeding Plumage on a very close nest. It is only in High Breeding plumage for a few days. During the peak of the breeding these herons have the distinctive coloration of red eyes, purplish feathers, pinkish legs and bright blue bill. The Tricolored Heron is also known as the Louisiana Heron. The Featured image was taken @ 600mm & cropped slightly.

Tricolored heron on nest with eggs, Tamron 150-600mm @ 428mm, Canon R
Tricolored heron on nest, Tamron 150-600mm @ 515mm, Canon R
Tricolored heron on nest with eggs, Tamron 150-600mm @ 428mm, Canon R

Wood Stork Fast TakeOff

Now that I am retired I am going through images from previous photo trips that I did not have a chance to work on or post here. I was photographing this group of Wood Storks that were together in the top of this group of trees. There were a few nests scattered there in the treetops and they were making a lot of noise about something. Then this Wood Stork hastily took off. I guess the others did not like it being there. It landed a few trees away by another nest. Image taken with a Tamron 150-600mm lens @ 500mm with a Canon R.

1st Image of Takeoff Series, Canon R, Tamron 150-600mm @ 500mm

Great Egrets In Florida Trees

Now that I am fully retired I am going through files from previous Photo Trips to post. The images here were taken at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery a few years ago. The Featured Image was taken with a Tamron 150-600mm @ 309mm on a Canon R. The Tamron 150-600mm lens worked Great at the Rookery since birds were both near and far in the Rookery giving you a lot of opportunities to get interesting images without carrying a lot of Gear! There were quite a few nests there also since the alligators below the boardwalks helped protect the nests from predators climbing up to raid the nest here!

Displaying Great Egret, Canon R, 150-600mm lens @ 500mm

Birds Of A Feather Do Not Always Flock Together

Another image from a previous trip to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery. An interesting group of Florida birds grouped together in the same tree. Quite often when you see different types of birds in the same tree they are squawking at each other. At the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery they seem to be quite content sharing the same spaces in the trees. Image taken with a 400mm DO lens on a Canon 1D mkIV.

Preening Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron

This Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron image is from a previous trip to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery in Florida. It is an interesting place to photograph Florida birds. Many types of birds nest here because their nests are protected from predators because of the Alligators below the Boardwalk. Image taken with a 400mm DO lens on a Canon 7D.

Roseate Spoonbill Closeup

Since we are not traveling to go to Florida this year, I am going through my images from past trips there. The featured Roseate Spoonbill image is a 2 image panorama taken with a Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm on a Canon R. I zoomed in close to get a full image of the Spoonbill’s head, so while getting that image I thought I should do a pano and include more of the body also. This Spoonbill was near it’s nest so I was able to get a few images of the young Spoonbills trying to get a meal from the parent.

Young Spoonbills Feeding At Nest, Canon R, Tamron 150-600mm @ 309mm
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks In Nest,Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm, Canon R,

Great Egrets With Breeding Plumage

When we were photographing last year at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery we saw a lot of Great Egrets with their Breeding Plumage. Great Egrets are of breeding age when they about two years old. As they get into breeding plumage, they have long lacy and delicate plumes on their backs. The eye lores (featherless skin between the bill and eyes) turn from yellow to lime green, and the top of the upper bill turns dark. Also sometimes it seems their neck and other areas look “more feathery”. Below are a few examples of their Breeding Plumage.

Great Egret Breeding Plumage, Canon R, Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm
Great Egret Breeding Plumage, Canon R, Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm
Great Egret Breeding Plumage, Canon R, Tamron 150-600mm @ 500mm
Great Egret Breeding Plumage, Canon R, Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm
Great Egret Breeding Plumage, Canon R, Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm
Great Egret Breeding Plumage, Canon R, Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm

Snowy Egrets From St. Augustine Alligator Farm

Because of the Covid 19 restrictions we have not traveled from home. I was going through images from a trip last January to Florida. The images used here were taken at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm & Rookery. It was a Great photo destination and they seem to cater to photographers. With a membership, they offer early hours to photographers& it can get very crowded in some of the areas. The Rookery area has a boardwalk going through it above the water & the alligators. It attracts a lot of photographers because there are so many nesting birds in the trees in the Rookery. The alligators provide protection to the birds’ nests in the trees above the water & the gators. I also saw quite a few birds walking on the shoreline by the alligators. I guess they are well feed since they seemed to leave the birds alone. I was using a Tamron 150-600mm lens on a Canon R which was a perfect combination to photograph there. I Since you are in a large gated boardwalk area it was nice to not lug too much gear around with all the photographers, tripods & other visitors. Usually I do not like photographing in commercial wildlife areas, but it was a nice area with nice people running the Alligator Farm. These are images I did not post before. The featured image was taken @ 600mm with the Canon R.

Snowy Egret, Tamron 150-600mm @6oomm, Canon R
Snowy Egret, Tamron 150-600mm @3oomm, Canon R
Snowy Egret, Tamron 150-600mm @375mm, Canon R
Snowy Egret, Tamron 150-600mm @550mm, Canon R
Snowy Egret, Tamron 150-600mm @550mm, Canon R
Snowy Egret, Tamron 150-600mm @550mm, Canon R
Snowy Egret, Tamron 150-600mm @3oomm, Canon R
Snowy Egret, Tamron 150-600mm @375mm, Canon R
Snowy Egret, Tamron 150-600mm @428mm, Canon R

Roseate Spoonbill FlyBy

Here are a series of images of Roseate Spoonbills in flight. These are from a previous trip to Florida, but did not post them before. One of my favorite birds to photograph! Plus they are a Large and Colorful bird. Easier to fill the frame and you definitely see them coming! Also they are interesting to watch how they interact with each other in the tree tops. My next post will show some of those images. Being retired now I have time to go through my large backlog of past trips. These are all taken back then with a Canon 400mm f/4 DO lens on a Canon 7D (Full Frame FOV ~ 640mm)

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Courting Wood Storks

Wood_Stork_Courting_v2_76A4385With all the nests at the rookery, it was probable you would find some birds mating. Did not think it would be Wood Storks though. These Storks were at the top of one of the tallest trees in the Rookery. Not sure if it was their nest or an existing abandoned nest. Images shot @ 600mm. The images below are why there are so many nests at the Rookery. The alligators are basically protecting the nests from predators that would climb up the trees to feed on the young birds. These are just a few of the 30 or more alligators below the walkway.

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