Egret Rookery

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The egret is a gregarious bird by nature so their nesting sites are often found in large trees or groups of trees. Big trees are a favored communal rookery location, and islands are especially popular for these nesting birds.

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These nesting sites are an excellent opportunity for photographers to photograph nests, but it is important to avoid disturbing the birds by keeping one’s distance. That is why my shots are from afar. You can even see a few birds take flight, which I was trying to avoid.

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Above and below, a tree is filled with lots of egrets. I only had a small Nikon P510 along on this trip to St. Lucia, so I had no telephoto lens to use. Carolyn and I were standing on a busy road so it was also not a place to set up a shot. In front of us was drainage ditches and marshy land. Egrets do like wetlands, although this is the arid part of the island. Next post I will show you how arid by what is growing.

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Egrets also like to hang around horses and are much easier to approach from a photographic standpoint. They are common in fields following the horses and foraging in the manure.

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They forage for seed as they follow the horses and cows around waiting for the next meal to drop. I think I have to add a “yuck” to this activity.

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Splishing and a Splashing Grackle in St. Lucia

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Grackle in the morning light.

Ready for a bath?

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Grackle splashing in the bird bath.

Birds take baths the world over and have the same fun doing it. Here in St. Lucia the grackle cools off. The photos were taken with a Nikon P510, f4.5  1/250 sec. ISO 320.

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Raining bath water.

Not bad for an entry level camera? Enlarge the photos to show the quality of the camera in getting clear, crisp images. I left the big camera and expensive lenses at home and traveled with the small, lightweight P510.

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Grackle having a cool bath.

The bird bath was right outside the room where I was staying. I was outside on the veranda playing bird paparazzi. Poor girl got no privacy.

Grackle splashing up a storm.

Grackle splashing up a storm.

Look at her go, water was flying. What a beautiful morning in the Caribbean.

Grackle contemplating a bath.

Grackle contemplating a bath.