High Island, Texas
Every stick he brought her drew lavish approval. He swaggered with pride and redoubled his efforts. She was tender and missed no opportunity to make him feel strong and protective. She snuggled under his wing. She rubbed against him. In a rookery where the first to leave are the most likely to survive, this pair is giving their chicks the best gift possible. For their neighbors -- who bicker over every stick they lay -- the scavengers are waiting. At the end of the season, the rookery is a lonely and dangerous place.
sharpening & color correction
Canon 7D, ISO-800, 1/500 sec; 100-400mm Canon lens at 350mm, f11