After photographing the Wood Storks shown in the previous post to this blog, we drove a couple of miles farther to some crawfish ponds we had never visited before. Although the ponds were apparently not being harvested at this time, they were filled with very still water through which several bird species were wading. I took the opportunity to photograph a few birds whose reflections in the water caught my eye.
Sometimes I had to wait for a good reflection. In the photo on the left below, the water between the Great Egret and the camera was disturbed enough to prevent a nice reflection of its upper body. After a while, the water was calmer and a better reflection was recorded in the photo on the right.
The image below shows a juvenile White Ibis we found wading in an adjacent pond.
Finally, here are a Black-necked Stilt and a Snowy Egret in the same pond as the ibis above. They were on higher ground, but there was enough still water between them and the camera to produce nice reflections of both. My resident birder thinks the two little birds in the photo are some sort of sandpiper, but they were too far in front of and behind the focal plane to be clearly focused, much less identified.
These crawfish ponds are moving targets, so to speak. Individually, they contain water at some times but not at others, and those containing water may or may not host birds on a given day. Lucky for us, it’s only a twenty-minute drive on pleasant country roads to get to the crawfish ponds nearest our home.
The locations from which these photos were taken are shown on the map below. Zoom in for more detail.