Least Bittern females and juveniles are mostly pale and soft brown in color (like the Bittern featured here), while males have dark green crown and back feathers (All About Birds). This female Bittern was having quite a productive little fishing expedition one recent morning! Although we often see obvious size and/or color differences in male […]
It always seems odd that we call this delightfully masked male Warbler a Common Yellowthroat. Every time I’m lucky enough to spot this little bandit, he strikes me as un-commonly handsome! “Abundant and well-known, the Common Yellowthroat has succeeded by being a nonconformist. As the only one of our warblers that will nest in open […]
Black-crowned Night Herons usually hide away in the trees during the day and venture out at dusk to forage (FloridaHikes). This fellow found a nice secluded spot in the shade and was seen striking this same pose every day for awhile.
Great Egrets were keeping close watch on their eggs when I began this post. I went away for two weeks, and now the new chicks are already growing fast! I’d better get back to take some photos before the little ones fledge!
The Tricolored Herons did their best to attract some attention in their showy breeding plumage. The two photos above were taken last week, and the photos below were taken this past week. Lots of Tricolored Heron parents are already busy keeping their lovely blue eggs cozy! If you’re a Tri-colored Heron, who does what? “Females […]
Did you know that “Red-winged Blackbirds are one of the most polygamous of all bird species [?] They have been observed to have as many as 15 females nesting in the territory of a single male. On average, a single male has roughly five females in its territory.” (WildlifeUnlimited, All About Birds) The females build […]
When I first spotted this elusive bird, he was deep in the shadows with his back turned to me, and I wasn’t even sure yet that he was an American Bittern. It soon became obvious when he emerged into a clearing and set about hunting in earnest – right out in the open. “Bitterns are […]
The vivid green lores on the Great Egret‘s face, and their feathery, bridal veil-like plumes, or aigrettes, mark the breeding season of these stunning birds (All About Birds)!
The Wood Stork “… is the only stork breeding in the United States and was placed on the Federal Endangered Species list in 1984. The species was downlisted from endangered to threatened in June 2014, reflecting a successful conservation and recovery effort spanning three decades.” (many more details here: National Park Service) The previously endangered […]