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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)

Three Point Landing

The twig must have looked a lot larger as the spoonbill was coming in for a landing.  Getting closer it must have realized the perch wasn’t going to work and made a last second adjustment to miss the twig.  Unfortunately within a second the twig was pushed down with one leg and then released.  It snapped back giving the spoonbill a quick pop on the belly.  Not all landings go as planned.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/7.1, 1/3200’s, ISO 200, manual exposure


Skip To My Lou

Growing up I remember singing childhood songsWatching the spoonbills fly into their nest reminded me of one of these special songs.  As they come in low and through the bushes they work their legs as if they are singing “Skip To My Lou”.

Nikon D4, 500mm, 1/3200’s, f/6.3, ISO 200, Ev -2.0


Spoonbill – Tucked Wings

This Roseate Spoonbill was making a low pass as it approached it’s nest.  After reviewing the pictures, next spring I’ll want to make more than this years three trips to High Island’s Smith Oaks Rookery.  You will leave smiling along with many good pictures.

Nikon D4, 500mm, f/7.1, 1/3200 ISO 500


Spoonbill – In Flight

A few more of the Spoonbills in flight.  Turns out the skeeter bites weren’t too bad and I ended up with some pictures to keep.  Enjoy!

Nikon D4, 500mm, F/7.1, 1/8000, EV -1.67, ISO 500





Roseate Spoonbill

For sure, they are beautiful colored birds.  The first time I got close all I could hear was their croaking and clucking sounds.  It just didn’t fit but made me smile.  Both taken at High Island, Texas Rookery.

D300s, f/5.6, 1/1250, ISO 200, EV-0.67High-Island-Rookery_20120331_0756web

D300s, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO 200, EV -0.67  Taken late afternoon.