The Beautiful Swamp

Great Blue Heron

There is a swampy area in the park I go to for my daily walks. The spring migration has brought in many beautiful and interesting species. This post will show case some of the bird life I have seen in this habitat so far!

We will start with the Heron family.

Great Blue Heron

I had a ravine behind my house when I was growing up, and we saw the Great Blue Heron every year, but I never had the opportunity to be so close to it as I was when I captured these images.

Black-capped Night Heron

The Black-capped Night Heron fishes for food in the night. So far I’ve only seen them perched in this large tree, sometimes I see up to 7 or 9 of them scattered through the branches. It would be interesting to see them do something more then sleep and fix their feathers!

Now I’ll show you a smaller bird that has been around, the Belted Kingfisher.

Belted Kingfisher

I often see him perched quite far away. It’s exciting to watch him fly around the swamp and dive to catch some fish. He’s really quick, I don’t have action shots to share with you…yet!

Next is a little duck that I never saw before! It’s called a Green-winged Teal.

Green-winged Teal

Iridescent feathers are quite amazing. At one angle the streak down his face looks green, then the sun shines at another angle, and those feathers change to a purple colour! Incredible! This small duck makes the cutest little chirp sound. He displayed his mating dance, which was very entertaining to watch.

Get that green wing flash! He is quite incredible!

So much intricacy and beauty packed into one small duck! I was so grateful to have encountered this Green-winged Teal!

Next is a duck I have featured before, the Gadwells, they really are beautiful too!

Gadwell

I wonder if they are a bit shy because they always swim away from humans! (I would too though!) The last bird for this post is a Double-crested Cormorant. I see this bird in other areas of the park, but I was able to get a closer view of the one in this swampy area.

Double-crested Cormorant
It’s not in focus, but this image is kind of eerie

Anyway, I look forward to seeing more beauty in this swampy area…if that’s what it is? I call it a swamp, it probably isn’t though. I’ll look into it.

Black-capped Night Heron & Kingfisher

Thanks for viewing!
-Jasmin

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