I had a delightful visit to Gatorland yesterday morning. Tom M. and Jim B. were also there. I started following
Jim’s blog (sorry, no longer available) years ago and we’ve been web friends for a while. I’m happy I finally got to meet him in person!
Anhinga gathering nest material
The nesting season is going full blast now, and this gives everyone a chance to see and photograph wild birds in breeding colors doing nesting season behaviors. Quite an opportunity!
We saw Anhingas, Blue Herons, Cattle Egrets, Cormorants, Great Egrets, Common Gallinules, Snowy Egrets, Tri-colored Herons, and Woodstorks all in various stages of breeding. Little ones in the nest are quite common and some of the baby Great Egrets have grown into “teenagers” already and will be fledging shortly.
Nesting Double-crested Cormorant – Can you tell where this bird gets its name?
The early entry program at Gatorland is perfect for catching the birds in good light on the west side of the breeding pond. They enjoy the morning light too.
I’ll be with you in a moment just as soon as my feathers dry… – This Wood Stork was soaking in the morning sun
Keep an eye out for backlit birds – they can also be beautiful.
Gatorland is an exceptional place to practice your “birds-in-flight” skills. Patient observation lets you figure out movement patterns and get ready. I waited several minutes with my camera in “BIF” mode (high shutter speed, continuous auto focus) until this Tri-Colored took off. I didn’t expect it to grab a little fish on the way, but I was glad it did!
Breakfast to go – A Tri-colored Heron scoops up a minnow on the fly
Click on any of these photos to see them larger on Flickr. And look at this album for many more images from Gatorland.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. If you haven’t been to Gatorland yet, go. And if you haven’t checked out
Jim’s blog (sorry, no longer available) yet, go do that too. Then – go make some photos!
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6 thoughts on “Gatorland Update – 8 April 2016”
Thanks for the update. Love that backlit white egret!!
Ed, it was great to meet you and Tom too. You showed me a new approach by climbing the tower. I will be sure to do it my next trip!
Wow! Wonderful shots there! What a great morning you had! 😀
Thank you Jean, Jim, and Rhona. There was a lot going on last Friday!
Great photography, and editing. I see you go to the tower for such great shots. I was there yesterday, I have not done any editing yet.
Thanks Portia. Yes, I like to climb up the tower to see what’s going on. There are frequently Anhingas and Cormorants in good light that don’t mind a close by photographer.
I still have a few RAW files more to edit too. I always come home from Gatorland with too many frames!