The thermometer topped out at 94 degrees this afternoon. LLELA, Hagerman Widlife Refuge, Murrell Park and many other local natural areas are still flooded. Those same high waters had also closed the two main roads south out of town today. Nonetheless, I needed to get out and shoot. So I went back to the UT Southwestern Rookery, which I'd vowed to return to when I first visited it last month.
Great egrets were my focus last time, and I planned to spend more time looking for some of the other residents birds this time. But when you get two posing like this, you shoot.
Black-crowned Night-Herons continue to defy me a bit, refusing to show themselves in full light. I liked the light I did manage to get on this one, though.
Snowy Egret based on the nearest visible adult. But after looking over some images online I think it's actually a Black-crowned Night-Heron. Whatever the case, I'd be open to casting it in the inevitable Jurassic World sequel.
Cattle Egret shot I'm looking for, either. I got great light on this one, but he wouldn't fluff out his plumes. It's always something.
So despite heat, flood waters and traffic I still managed to spend some quality time with nature today. Take that, Texas!