Tag Archives: Colorful

Red-shouldered Hawk, Sitting Along A Trail

Red-shoulder’s are one of the more beautiful raptors. This one had especially bold markings.

Red-shouldered Hawk, Sitting Along A Trail - click to enlarge
Red-shouldered Hawk, Sitting Along A Trail – click to enlarge

Hawks frequent this general location since the swamps there provide all types of prey. This day we spotted numerous birds, mated pairs I assume.

Red-shouldered Hawk, Sitting Along A Trail - click to enlarge
Red-shouldered Hawk, Sitting Along A Trail – click to enlarge

The big problem photographing them is the trees they prefer. Branches and twigs almost always block the view making a clear shot impossible.

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Evening Egret Flight

A Great Egret flying to a dark corner at sun down.

Evening Egret Flight - click to enlarge
Evening Egret Flight – click to enlarge

Considering the light I kept this shot. I always like a white bird photographed on a contrasting background. I just find it hard to get the right balance.

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Great Egret Looking To Rest For The Night

The bigger trees get filled in the evening here.

Since they are surrounded by water, and Alligators, they are safe from most any predator. Eagles don’t bother full grown wading birds, so nothing from above is coming at them either.

Great Egret Looking To Rest For The Night - click to enlarge
Great Egret Looking To Rest For The Night – click to enlarge

 

A Mated Pair, Great Blue Heron

I may have a new favorite photograph of the Herons.

The male here was alone and calling for at least a week. She finally arrived. And she is coy and a beauty !

The light was coming at an angle and made wonderful shadows here. The female was quiet, the male being very attentive. His long flowing frontal feathers covered her as they settled in for the evening.

A Mated Pair, Great Blue Heron - click to enlarge
A Mated Pair, Great Blue Heron – click to enlarge

Both birds were still unsure and on alert, their top crown feathers standing tall.

This image shows many details and behaviors  that I can’t always capture in the usual Heron photographs.