TriColored Heron On Nest

A portrait of a TriColored Heron on a nest at the St. Augustine Rookery. Image taken with a 150-600mm Tamron lens @ 600mm on a Canon R.

Hope Everyone Had a Safe & Wonderful New Year and looking forward to seeing your images in the New Year!

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,

131 Egrets In Trees

I am still working on images from past trips. Gives me something to do during these Covid times. This is a 3 image handheld panorama shot with a m43 Olympus OM D-1 with a 14-140mm lens @ 41mm (Full Frame equivalent ~82mm). Then aligned & blended in Photoshop. Just for fun or maybe boredom, I counted about 131 Egrets plus 5 Roseate Spoonbills & 6 Wood Storks. I probably missed a few and could not see what was on the reverse side of the trees. Below are a few cropped in sections.

Cropped in section from main Panorama
Another cropped in section from main Panorama

Great Egret Nest With Chicks

A series of images of Great Egret chicks by & in the nest. The featured image was taken @ 500mm with a Tamron 150-600mm lens with a Canon R.

Great Egret Chicks in the nest. Taken with 150-600mm Tamron Lens @ 600mm, Canon R
Great Egret Chicks in the nest. Taken with 150-600mm Tamron Lens @ 500mm, Canon R
Great Egret Chicks in a different nest with adults. Taken with 150-600mm Tamron Lens @ 600mm, Canon R
Great Egret Chicks in the nest. Taken with 150-600mm Tamron Lens @ 500mm, Canon R

Wood Storks From St. Augustine Rookery

We found many Wood Storks at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery on our trip there last January. They seem to like nests more in the top of tall large trees and many times you see multiple nests in the same treetop. It is an interesting place to photograph a wide variety of birds, many nesting there. They are constantly coming & going and it can be quite noisy at times. For this post I am featuring some of the Wood Storks from the same general area around one treetop. Some think they are ugly birds, but I prefer to think of them as interesting photo subjects with character. They also seemed to interact with Spoonbills quite often. The featured image is a 2 image slight pano to not crop off it’s feet in the branches.

Wood Stork, 150-600mm @ 500mm, Canon R
Wood Stork TakeOff from Treetops, 150-600mm @ 500mm, Canon R. Multiple nests were in this area so there was a lot of activity here.
Wood Stork with Roseate Spoonbills in treetops, 150-600mm @ 400mm, Canon R
Wood Stork surrounded with Roseate Spoonbills in treetops, 150-600mm @ 400mm, Canon R
Wood Stork with Roseate Spoonbill in tree tops. 150-600mm @ 600mm

TriColored Herons

Still going through images from our Florida photo trip last year. This time I am posting Tricolored Heron Images. The images here are still from the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery. The featured image was taken with a Tamron 150-600mm lens @ 450mm with a Canon R.

Tricolored Herons, 150-600mm Tamron Lens @ 330mm, Canon R
Tricolored Herons, Different Nest with eggs, 2 image panorama, cropped, Tamron 150-600mm lens @ 150mm, Canon R
Tricolored Heron on another Nest, Tamron 150-600mm lens @ 273mm, Canon R
Another TriColored Heron Nest, Tamron 150-600mm @300mm, Canon R
TriColored Heron, Tamron 150-600mm, @ 400mm, 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

Wood Stork Flying In With Nesting Material

I am going through old files from previous photo trips to post images here. These were from our Photo Trip to Florida last January. Even though I am retired, I never got to posting many images from this trip. These were also from the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery. We spent 2 days there before we moved on to our next destination south and each day here was slightly different for the opportunities to photograph certain birds. Also I was surprised to be able to photograph so many nests and nests with chicks. I was mostly using the Canon R with the Tamron 150-600mm because it was so warm & humid it was hard to carry more lenses. Plus it was the perfect lens with the wide zoom range. Even at 150mm I had to do a few panoramas of nesting birds to get the whole nest & bird in. We also stopped here again on our way back home since we had to pass by.

Wood Stork Flying In with nesting material, Tamron 150-600mm @ 550mm, Canon R
3 Horizontal Images Panorama, 150mm, Tamron 150-600mm, Canon R.

The above panorama shows a variety of nesting birds in one tree at 8:34 in the morning. Mostly Egrets & Wood Storks. As the day progressed there were many more in the tree but I did not shoot another panorama showing all the birds & nests. I should have continued and photographed the right side also showing even more birds in that one tree.

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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