Category Archives: Birds

Close Landing, Great Egret

I was completely unprepared for these. I don’t think I even noticed the Egret until almost on my head (slight exaggeration) .

Close Landing, Great Egret
Close Landing, Great Egret

In general I delete photographs where I clip wings or miss the angle.

Close Landing, Great Egret
Close Landing, Great Egret

I kept these because this bird missed the spot, the landing was not all that graceful.

Close Landing, Great Egret
Close Landing, Great Egret
Close Landing, Great Egret
Close Landing, Great Egret

 

Egret, Climbing Up High

Several photographs here where choosing to pull back on a zoom lens worked out well. It’s not like you have a lot of time to make the decision, so not all come out as planned.

Egret, Climbing Up High
Egret, Climbing Up High

These images used the empty (negative) space to place all the focus on the bird.

Egret, Climbing Up High
Egret, Climbing Up High

For me the danger of doing this is pulling back too far and finding the great looking bird is only a tiny speck in the photograph. I speak for experience… 😀

Little Blue In A Swamp

A Little Blue Heron hunting in a swamp.

Little Blue In A Swamp
Little Blue In A Swamp

This bird is on the edge of an island, in a swamp. There are multiple small Herons and Snowy Egrets nesting here.

Little Blue In A Swamp
Little Blue In A Swamp

The island is not huge so it can be loud, and probably not too clean. However, the bushes and trees are dense which is how these birds like it.

The color of the Heron is the mating plumage, vivid deep purples and blues. Even the bill is a magenta. They fade to slate blue, but have striking color each spring.

Up until a year ago they all nested in a larger nearby swamp. They left and some came here, the old rookery is now empty. Every year things change.

Little Blue In A Swamp
Little Blue In A Swamp

With luck they will return to the old, bigger islands. They were a lot easier to photograph.