RX10 Wetlands Pt II - Egrets in mating colors, others

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RX10 Wetlands Pt II - Egrets in mating colors, others

A few more shots I took from the wetlands with the RX10 this past weekend...to continue my first wetlands post.

This time, I have a few different egrets with their brighter mating colors and displays turned on, plus two colorful iridescent black bird and a hidden lizard...here goes!:

The boat-tailed grackle is generally a plain looking black bird with a long tail in dull light, but turn the sun on him and he glows with iridescent colors

Great egrets can change colors a bit - the normally all-yellow bill grows a green at the base around the eyes, and the male has very long back feathers which he'll fan up in an elaborate display to attract a female.

Often the male will build a nest before even getting a mate, in hopes of attracting one with his lovely home he made for her.  This one cheated - he jumped on another bird's nest while she was away, killed the two chicks, and then went to work looking for a mate.  Ruthless dinosaurs!

The glossy ibis also changes a bit for mating season - the white around the face, as well as more iridescent and green feather colors on the head and back.

This cattle egret sat up on the rail as I approached, and didn't leave.  The cattle egrets get stronger orange/yellow colors during mating season, on the neck, back, and head

He did give me a look as I got closer...a funny look at that!

The cattle egret with the boardwalk in the background

A male red-winged blackbird also popped up on the rail to watch me - he has a nest nearby and wanted to make sure I wasn't a threat

A young green iguana, well camouflaged with his vibrant green with black patterns, as he sits in a marsh tree - this was just after a rainshower, so the leaves are still dropped with water

Comments, questions, critique welcomed as always!

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