Pair Of Wood Ducks

I saw this pair of Wood Ducks at a local park. Usually Wood Ducks are swimming around the lake or on the shore. So it was different to see them balancing on these branches that were in the water. They are definitely colorful ducks!

Moonrise in the Afternoon

Moonrise in late afternoon. While I was looking for photo subjects in the yard, I thought the moon looked interesting with the thin cloud cover. Not great, but something for the blog.

Eye to Eye

It seemed interesting when this shorebird caught a meal and the eye of the meal and the eye of the shorebird seemed to be looking at each other. Sort of a this is not going to be good moment for the meal.

Roseate Spoonbill Coming In

From an earlier trip to the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel Florida. Sometimes it takes me a while to go through images I have shot. Work gets in the way and then I might work on more recent images when I go back to my personal images. Spoonbills are definitely fun to photograph, they seem almost comical the way they interact with each other. Plus they are a big subject and colorful for photography.

Osprey Flying Towards Nest

From a previous visit to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, I photographed this Osprey heading for it’s nest, coming in for a landing. There are lots of Ospreys flying around the Refuge, plus many Osprey platforms with nests that are along the Wildlife Drive. If you wait by one of the platforms along the Drive you can get good images of Ospreys flying in or flying out. Plus bringing fish to feed the young Ospreys.

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Tree Swallows Take Over Bluebird Box.

A few days before Tree Swallows and Bluebirds were fi ghting over this box. They kept swooping down and attacking the birds trying to get in the box. I had a 24-105mm lens with me that day and I did not want to get too close to the box to photograph the action. It seems the Tree Swallows must have won the battle since they were in the box on this day.

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More Bluebirds from Davidsons Mill Pond Park

The Bluebirds seem to be quite active at Davidson’s Mill Pond Park. They seem to be constantly interacting with the Tree Swallows around the Bluebird Boxes. Here are some more images from my walk in the park looking for Bluebirds.

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Black-Crowned Night-Herons In The Trees

These are from a previous trip to the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm in Florida. Sometimes it takes me a while to go through images that I have shot in the past. We found quite a few Black-Crowned Night-Herons that had nests in the trees at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm on this trip. We got there late in the afternoon and only had a short amount of time to photograph. They were just hanging out on the branches near their nests. It was interesting to photograph them in the dappled light, giving a slight highlight effect. We were surprised how many had nests in the trees there.  If you waited for them to move around you could get shots with the sun highlighting their head. This is a series with mature and immature Black-crowned Night-herons. They are one of my favorite herons to photograph because of how they are often hidden in the vegetation and their animated action when catching a meal. Also they are more seclusive and a challenge to get uncluttered images of them. There were also large amounts of other Herons, Egrets and Spoonbills. I also believe you can get there early and pay extra to get in early to photograph on the boardwalk.

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Tundra Swans FlyBy

When we were at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey, photographing the large groups of Snow Geese, this group of Tundra Swans flew by. Unfortunately all the large groups of Snow Geese and Tundra Swans were very, very far out in the water. Usually you see multiple large groups of Snow Geese taking flight. On this trip there were a few flying in and out, but no large groups taking off all at once. It was still nice to get out and take some photos.

Bald Eagle Twelve o’ Clock High

I was going through images I have not worked on and found a series from the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. One of my favorite locations with colorful sunrises & sunsets and the largest concentration of Bald Eagles in the Northeast in the Winter months.  In the warmer months there are still a large number of Bald Eagles but not as many as in the Winter.

It is fun to see them flying around the Refuge, often interacting with each other.

 

 

 

 

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