January 9, 2014 Goose Island, Texas

Great blue heron foggy flight
Great blue heron foggy flight

Out real early this morning even though the campground was completely socked in with fog, hoping to find better conditions in the pastures. No such luck!

Whooping cranes in the fog
Whoopers! This is what I am fighting almost every day!

I am not posting this image because I am proud of it, just to let you know why there aren’t any great whooping crane images this trip down here. These are the weather conditions I am encountering pretty much every day and this is the distance the whooping cranes are consistently keeping from anyone with a camera. The top image of a blue heron in flight skimming over the water only 40 feet from me would have been a keeper with a little light. I have never been able to catch one in flight with an outstretched neck like this, they normally travel with their long neck curled back into their chest. But with the fog and mist, thus absence of light, there is no way to get any fine detail in the image, note how you really can’t even see any indication of the water he is skimming over. If not for the reflection of his wingtips, I would assume this was a shot of him against the sky, not flying 3 feet over the surface of the bay.

Goose Island doe's breakfast interrupted
Goose Island doe’s breakfast interrupted

Returning to the campsite, I ran into this doe browsing right on the side of the entry road and got this shot of her facial contortions while downing her breakfast.

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Goose Island doe's breakfast interrupted
Goose Island doe

Without the contortions, she actually was kind of attractive.

Flotilla of ducks at my campsite
Flotilla of ducks at my campsite

 

Flotilla of ducks at my campsite
Flotilla of ducks at my campsite

Back at the campsite, while processing images, I happened to look up and see a couple hundred Pintails ( ducks ) bobbing and feeding within a hundred feet of my motorhome. This is just one of the reasons I am so fond of this campground, if only they would provide some decent weather so I could photograph these guys.

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