I got the chance over the weekend to head to Hoopers Island for some fishing and photography. The fishing was awful and my boat trailer's tire fell off on the way home, so it was not a great success as a sporting adventure. However, the trip was not all bad. I visited a rookery and was able to do some shooting, and got some great shots of egrets, pelicans, cormorants, and gulls on their nesting areas.
Pelican chicks on their nests.
Egret chick, letting me know how tough he is.
A ruin of a tower now converted to a nesting site.
Comorants perching on their nests
Dead tree taken over by cormorants for nesting. The cormorant population in this rookery has exploded, and their guano has destroyed much of the vegetation.
Pelican stands guard over her chicks.