They already look a little strange, here he looks down right ‘goofy’.
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This bird was giving me his best profile shot.
The clear blue skies we get here can’t be beat for this type of photograph.
Osprey will use the same nest year after year. I can’t imagine how old this one is.
Under all the materials is a palm tree, the top of one at least.
This flat open marsh nest had to have been through several hurricanes. But it’s still here.
This may be one of the best vantage points I have had for any raptor nests. The bird is well protected by water all around the tree.
Me: I didn’t know he was there, I snapped the shot.
Spoonbill: I didn’t know he was there, I snapped the photographer.
This was not so close as to scare the Spoonbill, but I was in the flight path. He was going back to the nest, and I had better move out of his way.
The problem was it was not like he could tell me.
And… big birds drop down low on take off before gaining altitude. Like the shot above.
Big wings do help the birds lift up quickly. But not before I got a good look at places I had never seen before.
I came away with no great images, but a good story. That’s even better.
Sandhill Crane in a little different pose for this photograph.
A tiny little diving bird, that does just that when they see people.
Most times all I see is the splash, or butt.
When I can get close I follow rule # 1, get the first shot, then worry about the next one.
Standing on a dike and looking straight down this is what I found.
This pair were obvious mates. They never strayed far from each other, and vocalized back and forth continuously.
These animals are incredibly beautiful. Subtly browns and tan with a vivid red head. You can’t miss them…they’re really tall.
Until this meeting any photographs I had ever seen of them was from a distance, and typically taking off from open fields.
This group of Cranes were fine with us being nearby, as long as we gave them their space.