Spring is in the Air
Well, it is spring and a good time to grab my long lens and head outside for some nature photo fun. My number one destination in South Florida is Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach. Professional photographers and amateurs flock to this park and the nearby Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands because they know the birds there won’t disappoint. Especially this time of year.
I don’t consider myself a great wildlife photographer, but that doesn’t stop me from adding to my stock photography library. I’m also learning a little about the birds of the wetlands in the process. I’ll never be a walking encyclopedia, but I am finally able to identify some of the birds by their beaks or feet color or even the way they fly.
Today, a friend and I ventured out to Wako and came across a Great Egret couple tending its nest. The egrets were almost wiped out in the late 1800s because their plumage was all the rage in the fashion world. They made a come back after conservationists put a stop to all that kill the egret for fashion nonsense. Both the male and female build the nest and incubate the eggs and feed the young. How’s that for teamwork?
I was elated to capture a bit of the nest building and incubation action today when both parents-to-be were at the nest doing their bird thing. One had been sitting on the egg while the other brought a perfect twig to add to the nest. See the little blue egg to the left of the nest? Keep looking, I promise you it is there! I guess I’ll have to keep going back so I can document the big day (or soon there after) when the egg hatches, that’s between 23 and 26 days after she laid the egg.
Here are a few more Wakodahatchee images from the past week or so.