Little Blue Heron Foraging

I photographed this Little Blue Heron at Magnolia Plantation & Audubon Swamp Gardens in South Carolina years ago. I found this image as I was cleaning up backup hard drives and decided to post it here. Image taken with a 100-400mm zoom lens @ 400mm.

Great Blue Heron – Going, Going, Gone!

I was photographing this Great Blue Heron years ago at a local park early in the morning. I was using a 100-400mm Canon Zoom @ 400mm. It is amazing what they can swallow. Here It seemed to go down quickly. Other times I have seen them take up to 20 to 30 minutes to get their prey down. Also they seem to eat a wide variety of prey. I have them eat snakes, gophers, rats and other prey you would think impossible to swallow! And you would think some prey would be painful to swallow!

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Immature Black-Crowned Night Heron

I found this Immature Black-Crowned Night-Heron hidden in the shade along the trees off Wildlife Drive at J.N. Ding Darling NWR. I was using a 100-400mm lens @400mm. Luckily it did not go deeper into the trees as another one did that was next to it.

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A Different Kind Of Panorama

A different kind of panorama taken at an airshow in Michigan many years ago.  I am going through old backup drives cleaning up files and getting rid of images not needed freeing up more storage space for more recent images. Here I was using a 100 – 400mm lens the entire day. When I came upon this P51D Mustang without a lot of people around it, I shot 4 shots @ 100mm. I aligned & assembled the 4 images in Photoshop for the final panorama.

Hawk FlyBy

During a walk at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge this hawk did a fairly close fly-by as we were walking on the trails. I was able to get a few shots as it went by using a 100-400mm lens @ 400mm with a 1.4x teleconverter. The featured image was as it was almost overhead giving me a better image.

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Snowy Egret FlyBy

Another series of images from previous photo trips years ago. Here, even if you wanted to go to a local park, the entrances are blocked by Police Cars. So they are quite serious about staying at home.  This is a series of Snowy Egret FlyBy images from a previous trip years ago to the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel, Florida. The  Snowy Egret images were photographed @ 300mm with a Canon 100-400mm lens.Snowy_Egret_v3_300mm_1-4mm_7D _DD 12_10_MG_0524Snowy_Egret_v2_300mm_1-4mm_7D _DD 12_10__MG_0523Snowy_Egret_v2_300mm_1-4mm_7D _DD 12_10__MG_0528

 

Snowy Egret Bad Feather Day

These are from a previous visit years ago to Lake Woodruff NWR in DeLand Florida. The wind picked up some and I liked the ruffled feathers on this Snowy Egret. I was using  100 – 400mm zoom with a 1.4x teleconverter to get a little closer view.

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Bittern FlyBy

It was nice to see a Bittern fly by me at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. And I was able to get a flight shot as it went by. I wish I had seen it coming so I could have gotten a few images as it was coming towards me. But it was still fun to see in flight!

Foraging Sandhill Crane

Usually you see the Sandhill Cranes foraging in the grasses for meals, but here they are foraging in the waters at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. It was fun to see them in a different setting!Sandhill_Crane_Forading_v2_LW_560mm_100-400_1-4x_Y9F8431Sandhill_Crane_foraging_v2_LW_1_400mm_1_4X__Y9F8433Sandhill_Crane_v3_lw_1-4mm_1_4X__Y9F8318

Sora Foraging

It was fun to find a Sora foraging in one of the channels at the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in DeLand Florida. They are a small secretive bird that forages for food in the shallow waters in the Refuge. This was the only one I have ever seen, plus have the opportunity to photograph. Usually they are hidden in the vegetation as they are feeding. They seem to constantly move pecking in the water looking for snails and other food. This was an interesting visit because I was also able to photograph the Limpkin on the same visit.Sora_LW_v2_400mm_1_4X_Y9F9020Sora_LW_1_400mm_1_4X__Y9F9021Sora_LW_1_400mm_1_4X__Y9F9014

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