June 19, 2017
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I visited the Smith Oaks Rookery in High Island early February of this year but never had a chance to get back. I missed out on seeing a lot of the babies as they grew and vide for attention. Well, this past weekend I had a chance to make a quick run out there. With the front entrance gate now locked I had to enter from a side entrance. It was hot as in Hot as I made my way on a long walk. As I walked up on the levy it wasn’t the usual chatter of birds. Most had all ready raised their young and were gone. I made my way along the levy stopping at different locations to grab a few pictures. Even though it was hot it was still pretty nice being all alone with all the remaining birds as all the usual crowds were now gone. Even with fewer nesting birds it still offered a number of opportunities. These twin Roseate Spoonbills had just been feed as their parent had flown off. The parents quickly feed the young and then fly off. They wouldn’t hang around because the young ones wouldn’t give them any piece just a constant picking, nudging wanting more. Probably within a few days these will have to leave the nest for the lesson in finding food. Sooner or later everyone grows up. Or, that’s the way it’s suppose to be.
Nikon D4, 500mm, f/4, 1/8000, ISO 400 (made adjustment afterwards to bring the shutter down)