Long legged waders


The smallest Heron, the Least Bittern, was photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Bell City, Louisiana

The smallest Heron, the Least Bittern, was photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Bell City, Louisiana

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Select this link to see Cameron Prairie National Refuge photos

The Least Bittern is a small thin bright buff brown Heron with a dark brown top and yellow legs. It has a range from southeastern Canada and eastern half of United States to northeastern Argentina. Its diet is mostly fish and insects. They move slowly through dense marsh grass, and are not easy to flush or to be seen. It climbs about in cattails, reeds, and other aquatic plants, clinging to the stems with its long toes.

This Snowy Egret was photographed at Venetian Isles sub-division in New Orleans, Louisiana

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The Snowy Egret is a rather small white Egret with a slender black bill, black legs, and yellow feet. A yellow local spot is before the eye, except it is red when it is breeding. . Young birds may show yellowish or greenish on much of the rear side of the legs. It ranges on the coasts of the United States, and the southwestern states, large rivers or lakes. Its habitat is marshes, swamps, ponds, and shore with salt or fresh water. The diet includes fish, crabs, crayfish, frogs, snakes, insects, snails worms, lizards, and rodents. When feeding it often rushes about, shuffling its feet to stir up food.

This was the first day of sighting the Great Blue heron nest as the male landed above the nest and the female was sitting on the eggs.

On 4-3-2012 I got a sightings report that there was a Great Blue Heron Nest in Greenfield Park in West Allis, Wisconsin. The next day I went there to see if I could find the nest, and after asking several persons it was found in a tree on an island in the park pond. Since then I have followed and photographed the progress of the nesting period. You can see the photograph history by selecting the link below. I will add photos as the nesting process continues.

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Select this link to see panorama photos of the Greenfield Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Flamingos are among the most distinctive birds in the world being pink, long-necked, and long-legged.

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The American Greater Flamingo bird is pink, long-necked and long legged. Note the thick sharply bent nose. When the Flamingo is in flight or when they open their wings, black in the wings can be seen. Most Flamingos are in aviaries except maybe those in southern Florida that come from the Bahamas. The Flamingo lives naturally in the West Indies, Yucatan, or the Galapagos Islands.

The Green Heron was sited and photographed at the Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, WI

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The adult Green Heron has a bluish back, deep chestnut neck, and greenish yellow or orange legs. The immature Green Heron has a streaked neck. It has a habitat of lakes, ponds, marshes, swamps, or streamsides, and ranges on the eastern half of the United States.

Select this link to a canoe trip where the Green Heron was sited and photographed

The Great Blue Heron can be seen from south Canada to Mexico.

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The Great Blue Heron is a slender gray bird about 4 ft tall with white about the head, long legs, long flexible neck, and dagger-like bill. It can be found from southern Canada to Mexico. It has habitats in marshes, swamps, ponds, lakes, shores, and tidelands. The Heron eats fish, frogs, crawfish, and mice and insects.

This Great Blue Heron was photographed on a small farm outside of Marshfield, Missouri.

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Photo was taken at the Magic Kingdom at Disney World, Orlando, FL.

This White Ibis was photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Bell City, Louisiana.

This White Ibis was photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Bell City, Louisiana.

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The range for the White Ibis is Florida and the neighboring coasts. It’s habitat is salt, brackish, and fresh marshes, rice fields, mangroves, and Disney World.

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