2015—Meanwhile, Back At The Rookery
I took some time last evening to review some of the photographs I took when I visited my friend Connie in Texas in March. My favorite shots from those few precious days were from the Smith Oaks Rookery at High Island near Galveston. What a wonderful experience that was. We were so close to the nesting egrets, cormorants, and roseate spoonbills that our long lenses got us too close for some shots. I accomplished my goal for the trip which was to capture a roseate spoonbill in flight and in focus but I have to say that my favorite captures from those days at the rookery were the elegant great egrets. Here are a few more egrets from that trip. There was constant movement and nest building activity (we even saw some greenish blue eggs in one egret nest), lots of interaction between and among the egrets, and three unrelated species (egrets, cormorants, and spoonbills) nesting within inches of each other. It was a privilege to witness this fascinating facet of their lives, and, it was all thanks to the Audubon Society which oversees the area and makes this viewing possible.