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.

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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 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

Young Great Egrets

_GE_Nest_Chicks_v2_AF_600mm_76A4291The featured image shows a little older set of young Great Egrets. They were just hanging out at the nest waiting for food for when their parents return. Below are a few other Great Egret nests with younger birds showing their “fuzzy” look. The images were shot at 550mm and 600mm.

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More Great Egret Nests

Among the wide variety of nesting birds at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm’s Rookery, there are many Great Egret nests in the trees. This blog post shows a few of these.  It is amazing to see so many nests in most of the trees. Some trees have a dozen or more nests in a single tree. Also the variety of birds nesting in the same tree.

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