A friend told us about a congregation of them that roost nearby, and if you get there at dusk, you can watch them fly in.
We drove through once and didn’t see a thing. She gave me more definitive directions, which is always good since I’m directionally challenged, and we tried it again. We’ve been back twice.
Because it is a private community with a prominent sign, there isn’t a parking area or a welcome mat. My husband drove slowly, and I walked next to the car trying to get a good shot. I found this to be very difficult because I just wanted to watch the entire process because it was so amazing.
The road is even with the middle to upper parts of the trees. To get a really good shot a person would need access to one of the private, locked gates leading to a full flight of steps down to the docks at water level – in my photography dreams maybe.
There are hundreds of these graceful birds flying in and picking the perfect branch for their overnight stay. They’d fly off if I got too close, and the trees certainly haven’t been trimmed to assist amateur photographers but left natural for the birds.
I went through two nights of photographs hoping for one that would really show how many birds are there, but no such luck. I think I may need to go back. 🙂
All I can say is it is a sight to behold if you love Mother Nature and her cast of amazing characters.
Measurements for both sexes
Length: 22-26 in, 56-66 cm
Wingspan: 39.4 in, 100 cm
Weight: 13.1 oz, 370 g