In the river bottoms of the Trinity River south of downtown Dallas near the Trinity River Audubon Center is a seasonal pond. It has water when it rains a lot, or when the Trinity River floods and fills it up. It has the perfect shallow depth that wading birds love.
It also has what I really love – a dark background I can use with backlit birds. That creates awesomely dramatic backlit images, and I got some really neat shots there this past July and August.
That bad part is it is July and August, so the temporary photo blind I put up is like an oven inside. At times, so hot that my autofocus stops working completely (which is normal, according to Canon).