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Views Of A Great Egret

There is a large marsh near the Magnolia Plantation in South Carolina. Walking on a large berm we were able to view Egrets, Herons, and many small water fowl at a pretty close range.

White Egret - Click To Enlarge
White Egret – Click To Enlarge

As long as we stayed on our side of the canal the Egrets here did their best to ignore us.

White Egret - Click To Enlarge
White Egret – Click To Enlarge
White Egret - Click To Enlarge
White Egret – Click To Enlarge

This was a nice easy stroll with something to photograph everywhere.

Training A Eurasian Eagle Owl

How do you train an Owl? Invite some people to sit or stand in a specific spot, then have the Owl fly between or over them.

Training A Eurasian Eagle Owl - Click To Enlarge
Training A Eurasian Eagle Owl – Click To Enlarge

The good news being the Owl really wants to avoid people, it’s the food being offered by the handler that’s imortant.

Training A Eurasian Eagle Owl - Click To Enlarge
Training A Eurasian Eagle Owl – Click To Enlarge

There were some times the Owl wasn’t interested in the food or handler. But for the most part all went according to plan.

Training A Eurasian Eagle Owl - Click To Enlarge
Training A Eurasian Eagle Owl – Click To Enlarge

This was at the end of the day and several people were invited to participate. Made for some great photos. Of course Ellen was used as a special prop trying to get the bird to swoop at and over her camera.

Peregrine Falcon

I thought I was getting pretty good photographing birds in flight. I watched this falcon diving and catching a decoy, falconry training really.

Peregrine Falcon - Click To Enlarge
Peregrine Falcon – Click To Enlarge

I learned they will reach speeds of 240 miles an hour.

Peregrine Falcon - Click To Enlarge
Peregrine Falcon – Click To Enlarge

I also discovered just how much more work I need for falcons. The best shots were as he landed.

These were photographed at The Center For Birds Of Prey.

 

Great Blue Heron Taking Flight

As this Heron took flight, away from my location, I thought it would end like most of the others.  A perfect shot of ‘Bird Butt’. Not so.

The series below was captured because the entire flight was about 30 yards. I guess he was looking for a better fishing spot. Great, since I caught the take off and landing. Never had that happen before.

First the take off…

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

Now getting distance…

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

Planning the landing…

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

Touch down…

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

In hind sight he might have been able to jump that far.

Oystercatcher, Finally

One of those birds that I have been trying to photograph for a long time. So….. finally !

American Oystercatcher - Click To Enlarge
American Oystercatcher – Click To Enlarge

The colors on their beaks are just so vivid, and their eyes really bright. A bit weird actually.

American Oystercatcher - Click To Enlarge
American Oystercatcher – Click To Enlarge
American Oystercatcher - Click To Enlarge
American Oystercatcher – Click To Enlarge

At the time I did not realize why I was able to shoot them so easily. Well, it was the first time I have ever seen a true oyster bed also.

 

Brown Pelican Group Hug

Actually, somewhere under that pile is a poor Cormorant. He surfaced with a fish. Then all hell broke lose.

Brown Pelican Group Hug - Click To Enlarge
Brown Pelican Group Hug – Click To Enlarge

I really only saw the first Pelican dive down. There might have been a small school of fish.

Brown Pelican Group Hug - Click To Enlarge
Brown Pelican Group Hug – Click To Enlarge

If not the Cormorant was being mugged. Either way this group was suddenly there, wings flapping, bills snapping.

Egret Making An Exit

While on a pier shooting fishing boats at sunset I found a Great Egret. He was sitting down at the far end under an overhang. A person started to get a little too close, invaded his space really, so he was gone in a flash.

Egret Making An Exit - Click To Enlarge
Egret Making An Exit – Click To Enlarge
Egret Making An Exit - Click To Enlarge
Egret Making An Exit – Click To Enlarge

My position was perfect to shoot him from the first move off the pier to the final moment when he slipped off over the marsh.

Egret Making An Exit - Click To Enlarge
Egret Making An Exit – Click To Enlarge

Most of the time I am left looking at a ‘bird butt’ so I appreciate this series all the more.