Tag Archives: Nature

Yellow Billed Kite

This bird lives on dragon flies. It is a raptor, size of maybe a Cooper Hawk, and catches dragon flies in the air. They need to snatch a lot of bugs to keep going.

Yellow Billed Kite - Click To Enlarge
Yellow Billed Kite – Click To Enlarge

It gets better though. The catch all the dragon flies with their claws, in mid air. The shot above shows this bird eating in mid flight (small piece of chicken thrown high).

Yellow Billed Kite - Click To Enlarge
Yellow Billed Kite – Click To Enlarge
Yellow Billed Kite - Click To Enlarge
Yellow Billed Kite – Click To Enlarge

Kites are incredibly agile, turning and twisting in tiny circles. For a photographer this bird is almost as hard to capture as a falcon.

 

Harris Hawk In The Rain

These photographs were created for a little drama. The shots were not that dark considering the weather. Since the rain drops were pretty clear in the images I thought I would try to highlight them and the bird.

Harris Hawk In The Rain - Click To Enlarge
Harris Hawk In The Rain – Click To Enlarge

Right after these shots the hawk flew around an open field demonstrating their agility. Very impressive, if wet.

Harris Hawk In The Rain - Click To Enlarge
Harris Hawk In The Rain – Click To Enlarge

Heron Standing In The Reeds

When we spotted this bird he was already watching us. Since there was a large drainage ditch between us he didn’t fly right off, which of course provided plenty of time for our photos.

Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

The reeds were actually part of an old rice field, probably from around the late 1800’s. This rice field was also home to various Egrets, Ibis, Rails, and even Canada Geese. ¬†You could spin like a top trying to capture everything around you.