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ROOKERY SEASON 2012
self | April 8, 2012 | swampsniper

Posted on 04/08/2012 11:26:20 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER

Daughter Mary and I made a quick run through the gator farm rookery. It's still winding up but when it gets hotter I won't be able to handle it. I got enough for several posts, these are all I had the energy to process today, gonna take a nap now.

This was the first outing for my Sony since it got back from the repair shop. No problems so far!

Photobucket

Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Wood Stork, Mycteria americana

Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Hobbies; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: bird; florida; photo

1 posted on 04/08/2012 11:26:28 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER
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To: lawnguy; pandoraou812; Daffynition; barker; ferri; gjeiii; genefromjersey; texas booster; ...

PINGLIST


2 posted on 04/08/2012 11:28:18 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Great shots, as usual.


3 posted on 04/08/2012 11:28:44 AM PDT by rustbucket
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
I've thought about visiting the St. Augustine Gator Farm again this year. Are the birds nesting and hatching a little earlier this year?

Here's a shot from last year. Thank you for alerting me to this wonderful place.


4 posted on 04/08/2012 11:41:46 AM PDT by rustbucket
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Beautiful as Always!


5 posted on 04/08/2012 11:44:30 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: rustbucket
It's moving along pretty good. Everything seems to be nesting except Little Blue Herons and they're hanging around thinking about it.

It will only get better over the next few weeks.

6 posted on 04/08/2012 11:48:31 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Beautiful!!


7 posted on 04/08/2012 11:49:52 AM PDT by lysie
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

You are so artistic and gifted, Swampsniper! Don’t be modest either! You have such an “eye” for nature.


8 posted on 04/08/2012 11:57:58 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

pteradactyl bump.


9 posted on 04/08/2012 11:59:36 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I think in about 5 - no, 4 - years I'll have had enough.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
This shot may give folks an idea of what the gator farm rookery and boardwalk look like. That's Mrs. rustbucket in the foreground with the purse.


10 posted on 04/08/2012 12:01:45 PM PDT by rustbucket
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Love the Snowies in mating plumage. They are birds with attitude!


11 posted on 04/08/2012 12:06:20 PM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Truly beautiful. I especially enjoy your spring threads.


12 posted on 04/08/2012 12:14:36 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Just simply beautiful photos, as usual!

I wish that my dad was still alive to enjoy your work. He was a lifelong bird lover and could ID hundreds by sight or sound. He also was a photographer with a darkroom in the 40's and 50's. You and he would have liked each other.

13 posted on 04/08/2012 1:41:06 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (ICor. 15:1-4)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Superb photography.


14 posted on 04/08/2012 1:47:31 PM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

"Bring me a... ROOKERY!"

15 posted on 04/08/2012 1:50:22 PM PDT by Fido969
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Please put me on your pinglist, Swampsniper.

Thanks!


16 posted on 04/08/2012 2:30:15 PM PDT by moonhawk (Rush, Mark, Sean: Conservative talkers. Sarah, Newt: Conservative DOers. Mitt: Conservative faker)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Happy Easter! Thank you for the beautiful pictures too!


17 posted on 04/08/2012 3:12:05 PM PDT by mojo114 (Pray for our military)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Swampsniper: You’ve done it again! I’ve swiped one of your pix for the desktop of my laptop which just came back from the Toshiba hospital. Actually, it’s sized wrong, so it’s just a piece of your shot, but it really looks stunning — very artistic.

Your photos now reside on 2 of my 3 computers, and you are about to replace Sarah Palin on my 3rd one when I get back to work! LOL.

Was this digital, or film? My husband wants to know.


18 posted on 04/08/2012 3:38:11 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I used the Sony A200 DSLR, some with a Sony 75-300 f4.5~5.6, some with a Sigma 400mm f5.6.


19 posted on 04/08/2012 4:34:14 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: rustbucket

LOL, the Tri-color Heron was right in the crowd with you. At the gator farm in breeding season the birds have no problem associating with humans.


20 posted on 04/08/2012 4:39:12 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Beautiful!


21 posted on 04/08/2012 4:41:19 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Do you sell your photos somewhere? You really should, they are just gorgeous!

Thank you again for sharing your wonderful work with us!


22 posted on 04/08/2012 4:58:49 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: leapfrog0202

I’m retired, paid more than enough taxes!


23 posted on 04/08/2012 5:03:58 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Well they are just gorgeous, thank you again for sharing.


24 posted on 04/08/2012 5:06:43 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I wish I had a camera the other day. I saw a bald eagle with something in its talons trying to escape a mobbing by crows. It landed in a large oak and tried to fight off the villains.


25 posted on 04/08/2012 5:43:56 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Wonderful detail and color....fantastic, as usual....thank you for sharing your talent


26 posted on 04/08/2012 6:38:04 PM PDT by Kimmers (Pray more and shoot straight.........)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Wonderful detail and color....fantastic, as usual....thank you for sharing your talent


27 posted on 04/08/2012 6:38:26 PM PDT by Kimmers (Pray more and shoot straight.........)
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To: rustbucket

Beautiful picture!
What is the name of that bird?
The little one has a mohawk!
LOL!


28 posted on 04/08/2012 8:31:31 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty ("Liberalism lives in a gated community surrounded by a mote." R.H.Limbaugh 4-3-2012)
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To: TheConservativeParty
That is a Great Egret. It used to be called the Common Egret many years ago. I've seen two Latin names listed for it -- Casmerodius albus (the old Latin name for the species, I think) and Ardea alba (the Latin name carried in more recent books).

The Great Egret is much larger than the Snowy Egrets shown in SWAMPSNIPER's secong photo above. The Great Egret is listed in Sibley as 39 inches in length while the Snowy is listed as 24 inches long.

Here is a side-by-side comparison of the two egrets:


29 posted on 04/08/2012 9:58:36 PM PDT by rustbucket
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Great shots once again, SS.
And the weather looks great too. Nice deep blue sky which I won't aee 'up here' for a while yet.

The sky in the 3rd one looks like the same color as a Fender© Strat guitar I'm drooling over.
My bad weather hobby, Rock and Roll & Blues ;-)

30 posted on 04/09/2012 3:58:22 AM PDT by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Great! Thanks for the ping SWAMPSNIPER. Appreciate your beautiful work. Started the day off with a smile.


31 posted on 04/09/2012 4:03:36 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: rustbucket

Awesome! Thanks for the expert description!

I always loved birds. My dad does too. I am sure his interest in them at the farm while I grew up, caused me to also have a special interest in them.

I still feed and water the birds on my own little farm.

I am in Wisconsin. We get huge sand hill cranes flying overhead and landing in our fields. Quite impressive compared to the more common smaller birds. I saw a kestrel yesterday flying around. So beautiful.

Cheers


32 posted on 04/09/2012 7:46:38 AM PDT by TheConservativeParty ("Liberalism lives in a gated community surrounded by a mote." R.H.Limbaugh 4-3-2012)
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