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Owl, Unexpected Turn

This is a Barred Owl.

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Owl, Unexpected Turn – Click To Enlarge

These photographs were taken as the bird was being fed by the handler (part of a breeding and education program).

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Owl, Unexpected Turn – Click To Enlarge

The idea behind this series was to capture the birds wings when landing and leaning over the food protecting it (a mantle). This position gives the best view of the feather structure that allows silent flight.

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Owl, Unexpected Turn – Click To Enlarge

I had time to quickly change a few lens settings since the owl was flying fairly slow. Also the lens used here was a good focal length (70-300) for this distance.

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Owl, Unexpected Turn – Click To Enlarge

A nice side portrait was next, however…

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Owl, Unexpected Turn – Click To Enlarge

the handler put out some food on a tree behind me and was walking away. The Owl saw an opening and took it. Me standing there really didn’t matter at all.

At this point I would love to add the perfect shots as he barreled right over me.

I had a great lens for slow shooting at this distance. Not a very good lens for fast focus of a bird coming head on. Blurs.

 

Little Blue In Small Rookery

This Little Blue Heron, chewing on his feathers, was captured in a smaller rookery. By smaller I don’t mean size, it’s populated by smaller birds.

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Little Blue In Small Rookery – Click To Enlarge

Little Blue Herons, Night Herons, and a few Snowy Egrets nest here.

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Little Blue In Small Rookery – Click To Enlarge

There are some young that have hatched but they are hidden away. However, when they get a little bigger it should very entertaining. They seem to come in batches.

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Little Blue In Small Rookery – Click To Enlarge

 

Pelican Fishing

A Pelican is ungainly, and agile, at the same time. Some how they hover up high right before the dive.

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Pelican Fishing, Downtown – Click To Enlarge

When the fish has been spotted… a straight down dive.  Nothing fancy but it gets the job done.

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Pelican Fishing, Downtown – Click To Enlarge

These photographs were taken on a pier in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Yep, right downtown.

Too Close, Great Blue Heron

It’s a great problem to have, but it’s still a problem. I had a big lens, and bumped into a big bird.

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Too Close, Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

I did get a few photographs though. Also, just a few minutes later the bird took off over the water.

I was not ready, but an Alligator was.

The bird got away, but it was pure luck. A large Alligator can jump, in the water, almost the length of his body. This Heron was lucky since he never saw the danger until too late.

The moral of the story, don’t fly low over a swamp!