Monday, June 23, 2014

Jefferson Island: The End

Well, not 'the end' forever. Certainly I'll be back to Jefferson Island at some point in the near future. Right now it is just too hot and humid to survive the sub-tropical elements. These are some stragglers from my June 7th outing. Hope you enjoy and have a great week!
Cattle egret

Roseate spoonbill and female anhinga

Breeding Louisiana heron (aka tri-colored heron)

Roseate spoonbill

Breeding Louisiana heron

Cattle egret

Nesting (L-R): cattle egret, white ibis, roseate spoonbill with chicks

View of nesting area, called Rip's Rookery

43 comments:

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Awesome shots! I hope you have a great week as well!

Indrani said...

Whoa! Gorgeous captures all!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Loved the array.

Kudos!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Love this...I search and search and search for some spoonbills breeding here, to no avail. So, I am really enjoying this Gail.

Roan said...

The anhinga is a new one for me. Love them all!

Shug said...

Good morning Gail.....
Hope your weekend was a good one!! I'm with Roan, I've not heard of the anhinga. It's feathers have a slick look to them. The pink on the spoonbill always catches my eye...so very pretty.
I'll be passing through your state at the end of the week...only wish that we were going to be traveling down your way.
enjoy a blessed day!
Shug

TexWisGirl said...

wow! i'm just amazed at the trio nesters! the egret in flight shot is gorgeous! well, all of your shots are. :)

Anvilcloud said...

Thanks for the vicarious trip to Jefferson Island.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

The cattle egret is El Magnifico. Still in love with the Spoonbills. I know it is hot and miserable in the summer. My Ex was stationed at Fort Polk, which he called Ft. Puke.

bailey-road.com said...

What a great series this has been. YOur photography is superb, Gail.

nookworm said...

I'm glad you took so many wonderful pictures of these birds. Otherwise I might not ever see them in their full beauty.

Karen said...

Jaw dropping captures Gail! Your in-flights are marvellous!

ladyfi said...

Wow wow wow - gorgeous shots.

Pantherka said...

Wonderful ... what a beauty.

Helma said...

I really do see a little green with envy though lol ...
Truly amazing pictures and beautiful spoonbills!
My compliments.

you-wee because said...

Hi Gail,
really some impressive birds you took! Every now and then you may see some grey herons or some white storks here in the south of Germany, but generally we have much smaller and less colorful birds here in our region compared to Louisiana!
Have a great new week,
thanks for your kind comment,
Uwe.

A View From A Brown Dog said...

All of these images are beautiful but that Roseate Spoonbill in flight is breathtaking... that wingspan and detail you captured is magnificent!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Very impressive pictures. I love the flight shots. Those wings are spectacular in each one.

Debbie said...

i had a favorite, then another, then another....

the flight shots are just stunning!!!!

Brian King said...

Beautiful! I like the Cattle Egrets! They look like they could be feisty!

eileeninmd said...

Gail, these are amazing shots. I love the Cattle Egret and the Spoonbills. But, then I really love them all. Have a happy week!

Beth of "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love that they can all hang out together. awesome!! what gorgeous birdies. ( :

LC said...

These are marvelous as well as the ones of parents and babies in previous post. I am enjoying them in AC. Glad to know you are taking care of yourself and avoiding dangers of heat.

Felicia said...

gorgeous as always Gail. Enjoy your week too.

Irma said...

What a great flying shots.
My compliments, Gail.

Jacquelineand.... said...

I always thought anhingas were such odd looking birds, but absolutely fascinating.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

These are such incredible shots! You have a way with birds, that is for sure.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

These are such incredible shots! You have a way with birds, that is for sure.

EG CameraGirl said...

How I would LOVE to go birding with you! Wonderful photos!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Just spent some time looking at all the photo posts centered on your Jefferson Island and such spectacular shots, as always...the variety of bird life is amazing and shown off so beautifully through your captures.

orchid Miyako said...

OMG!!! Your photographs of flying birds are incredibly GORGEOUS☆☆☆ Yes, I enjoyed every pictures; haha, I cannot differentiate birds like you and your friends but slowly I'll try my best p;) My favorite (if I can) is Roseate spoonbill flying shot, just amazing. I wonder if you ever thought about publishing a book,Gail (or you've already have).

I hope you all are having a wonderful new week.
Sending you lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

June Caedmon said...

I love how they all nest near one another. Animals are typically most protective around their young {and food!} so the fact that these different species will nest so closely together really says a lot. I'm sad to see your series end, Gail, it's been amazing! Looking forward to what you have to share next!!!

carol l mckenna said...

Magnificent nature shots for OWT ~ birds are so beautiful ~ thanks, xoxo

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Linda said...

Wow! You have some incredible shots here!

Barb Brookbank said...

What incredible and exotic birds you have - and such beautiful captures!

bettyl-NZ said...

These are some amazing photos! Your birds in flight are wonderful!

Black Jack's Carol said...

Ditto TexWis's comment. Just incredible to see these species so beautifully photographed.

s.c said...

Great bird shots. Like them all.

hootnonny said...

Wonderful! I particularly like the second one w/the pair.

Kathy said...

I am so in awe of your photos! You could get a job as a wildlife photographer!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful as always. (You better go back there when the weather is better ... it's a magic island I think!) Something so cool about seeing two different birds sharing the same tree ... it always fascinates me.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

My, My!!! Amazing shots. The spoonbill and heron in flight! I'm amazed how you do it!! Excellent!!

Donna said...

I agree Gail....wow! and are these birds nesting in the same tree? Beautiful birds I have never seen before!!