Monday, May 21, 2012

Click Ponds 5/19/12

We went to the Click ponds Saturday morning for a short birding adventure. While the majority of birds we saw were wading foragers, there were a hand full Least Terns dipping and diving from up above.

Least Tern

The ponds were heavily populated with Great Egrets as well as Snowy Egrets. There were probably close to a hundred of these egrets combined.

Great Egret

Frogs were definitely the hot item on the menu. The egrets were pulling up large frogs left and right. The Great Egrets were swallowing them as fast as they were catching them, while the Snowy Egrets took a little more time to enjoy their delicacy.


This Snowy Egret couldn't catch a break and was the subject of multiple harassments. Initially, a Great Egret tried to snatch its frog, then a Crow chased him around for several minutes.

Snowy Egret

The Snowy Egret finally settled back down and the third time was a charm!

Least Bittern

The most exciting encounter of the day was this Least Bittern! While I occasionally stumble upon American Bitterns here, this was my first sighting of the Least. There were a few Black-crowned Night Herons around as well but I didn't manage to snag a photo of one.

juvenile Northern Mockingbird

This young Mocker was quite intrigued by a nearby dragonfly.

43 comments:

  1. Amazing photos Tammy! The Frog in the Snowy Egrets mouth is ... awesome. The Least Bittern is an amazing bird that I've only seen in flight once or twice in the great lakes region. Good birding!

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    1. Thank you very much Dwayne! The Least Bittern was quite entertaining to watch!

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  2. Woah Tammy! This post is overloaded with quality! Those Egret shots were super cool, but dang, it's great to see such a large and clear Bittern, and all the more since it was a new bird! Well done!

    Your last photo should be used on all covers of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" from now on.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comments Laurence! I think it was your recent Least Bittern posting that must have brought me good luck!

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  3. wow. that mockingbird is showing such great character! and the snowy w/ frog in beak shot is fabulous! i love the portrait of your great egret, too. really wonderful shots, once again, tammy!

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    1. Thank you so much Tex! The little Mocker was quite funny!

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  4. Great series of shots Tammy. Frog in the beak shot is excellent...... unless you are the frog!

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    1. Thanks Marc! I wonder what the frog was thinking as it peered down the egret's throat...

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  5. The Great Egret was a winner, and the others, great photos.

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  6. Wonderful collection of bird photos. All equally great!

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    1. Thank you very much for your comments Russell!

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  7. ¡Muy buena la serie de fotos amiga Tammy! allí las aves parecen más confiadas que aquí.
    Saludos!!

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    1. Thank you Ramon for your comments! The birds are pretty confident here, well as long as you do not get out of the car!

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  8. Haaaawww...... Poor frogs!!
    Wonderful pictures Tammy!
    You are very lucky to have those gorgeous sites around!
    I have to drive for hours to find a decent bird area! :(
    I really enjoy discovering your posts!
    Happy birding! :)

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    1. I know; I did think of your lovely recent frog photos...this frog wasn't having such a good day. Thank you for your kind comments!

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  9. Wonderful images Tammy, I love that juvenile Mockingbird, it looks so curious about you!

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    1. Thank you Mia! There were hundreds of dragonflies in this area, and I think he was checking out one that was perched on the wire next to him.

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  10. Hello Tammy !
    In oposite of the other comments, the first one is nearly perfect in my eyes, very good use of "the rule of thirds" if you know what i mean. Perfect blur and unsharpnes in the wing tips because of motion. A top competition photo if you need one !

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    1. Thank you so much for your feedback Lorents, it is very appreciated!

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  11. Wonderful images. I can just hear that frog in the third image saying, "I hate to fly!"

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    1. Thank you Lois! That was quite a trip though the air!

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  12. Wonderful collection of bird photos.
    Greets Irma

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  13. Impresionantes querida amiga. Saludos desde Extremadura.

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  14. Ooh awesome frog shots! Love the one with the Snowy. Congrats on finding the Least Bittern- they're on my most wanted list!

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    1. Thanks Jen! Hope you come across one soon!

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  15. Gorgeous shots! Egrets are beautiful! I have to say your mockingbird photo is fantastic!

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  16. Wonderful shots!
    Love all of them.

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  17. Unbelievable close-up of the Snowy with the frog!! It must have been something to watch him try and get that down!

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  18. I have to compliment you on your blog Tammy along with all these other bloggers commenting here. On your first post in November you had one comment....you have come a long way baby!! You really burst in on the blog scene and took my breath away with your bird shots. Todays blog is another WOW.... would love to see over a 100 egrets...did not know they eat frogs!!! I really look forward to your blog. Your birds are so exotic. Congrats on the bittern...we have many many migratory birds here now on our mud flats...over 200 shorebirds have come in last week. cheers.

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  19. Great shots! We frequent Anna Maria Island which provides me with much entertainment at sunsets on the beach. Glad to have discovered you!

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  20. It's been a while.
    Has always impressed by the amazing photos.

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  21. Very nice photos. Beautiful pictures.

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  22. I love the frog shots! And that Least Bittern is AMAZING - they're state endangered here in Maine, I've only seen one - and of course I didn't have my camera!

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  23. A stunning series of birds, Tammy. The Least Bitten photo is awesome.

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  24. Nice blog and amazing capture! That looks like decent-sized frog caught and putting up some fight here! But in the end the bird was able to win the battle and gulp that whole thing down okay really?? It seems like it would have trouble fitting down that long/skinny neck. Also, if actually eaten, does the unlucky prey get swallowed kicking all the way as well?!

    -Kyle

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