Friday, May 8, 2009
Little Herons becoming adults
I spent the week in the Outer Banks on a workshop with Moose Peterson, Laurie Excel, Joe McNally and others. Even Scott Kelby showed up for the shoot. I was a bit disappointed in the workshop as a Landscape workshop since none of the instruction was landscape oriented. The instruction was entirely focused on post-capture finishing of the image with Photoshop. I did learn a lot about Nikon Flash from the Joe McNally mini-workshops but, again, this was unexpected since I had attended thinking the focus would be on Landscape Photography. But, come to think of it...why would one attend a landscape workshop conducted by a wildlife photographer!!
Anyway, I wasted no time visiting by Heron Rookery as soon as I returned home to check on my pets!! The nests of the oldest fledglings were still the most active and the chicks have not yet fledged. But, the nest is getting to be very crowded with 3 fledglings and the adults coming back and forth to feed. As I reported before, the youngest of the clutch has long ago disappeared, not able to compete successfully for food. Of the 3 left, there is definitely still one that is smaller than the other two and doesn't seem to be very good at getting his share of food from the mother.
There is absolute pandemonium when the adult arrives and the fledglings battle and jockey for position to feed. The adult regurgitates food and so you see the fledglings all grabbing at the adult's beak for food.