Thursday, July 21, 2011

Rookery Visit - Pam Johnson Brickell

Ever since I saw my first Wood Stork I've wanted to observe, sketch and photograph them throughout their nesting cycle.

This year I got my wish :)

For the first time ever recorded, Wood Storks chose to nest on Spring Island! Yeah! They're relatively close by and I have access!

My first trip to check out the rookery was back in June. I saw a few hatchlings and some Storks were still sitting on eggs.

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I had just purchased a Platinum brush pen from JetPens and tried it out in my Aqua Bee sketchbook.

Yesterday, Rob and I arrived at the rookery around 8:30 a.m. The day promised to be steamy. We walked past black vultures that were standing on the ground.  We were ho hums to them. That's what I love about Spring Island. Wildlife is revered there and everything/one lives in harmony. The rookery was teaming with activity. Snowy egrets, Black-crowned Night Herons, Great Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Anhinga and Wood Storks were in the trees. Most of the sounds, or should I say the loudest, came from the juvi Wood Storks. Music to my ears :)

During my June visit, I sat close to a sand trap and suffered many a red ant bite. This time I set up my chair and scope well away from from the sand. I dowsed my self in sunscreen proir to leaving the house and now bug spray. Yuck, but necessary.

Here are my on-location sketches. The ants found me anyway and they paid no attention to bug spray! I was so warm I kept fogging up the eyepiece of my scope. I managed to get a few good digi-scope images early on.
Not real sharp but good enough for my reference purposes. I used the begging juvi to fill a spot on the right side of the journal page.

If you look real close at the photo you will notice a juvi with it's beak
pointed straight up to the adult's head. The beak blends with the dead tree.


  1. Pam, thank you so much for the wonderful description, sketches and photo of the rookery! It sounds like a most fascinating time, in spite of the humidity and biting insects.

  2. I would SO love to see make me feel as if I'm right there...

  3. Thanks, Kathryn! Sometimes putting up with annoyances and bugs are well worth the visual delights in front of you... Definitely so this time :)

    Thank you, Kate! Come on over :) I'd so love to have a recording of the rookery's music to play with the post!

  4. Wonderful Pam to have such access And perseverance to get such great sketches. The finished page is wonderful!

  5. This is really great PJ, and what a great experience! You've captured some lovely poses here, beautiful!

  6. Thanks, Sandy and Maree! I hope the hot weather subsides a bit so I can go back :)


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