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Friday, March 30, 2012

Recently, a blogging friend of mine named Stella posted a wonderful series of a parakeet in the branches of a tree devouring its meal (Light Color Shade, posted March 27th), which I thought was particularly wonderful. And it got me thinking that birds are so incredibly photogenic, but very hard to capture. You'll find that you have to take a bunch of pictures to get a few that are really good, and worth saving. Pictures #1 and #2 are from my second Alaska trip, and are just ordinary seagulls, caught in some rather extraordinary circumstances. Picture #3 is from our pond, and shows on of the many visiting herons that we have here. And pictures 4 - 9 are all from Costa Rica, and extra credit to those that can identify the birds (hint, I misidentified several of them in my previous post 2 years ago).


  1. The second pic is so awesome. I love birds and always wonder how they can see 2 things at one time.That gull was seeing above and below O_o

  2. Thanks for mentioning my post. You're spot-on about birds being hard to capture. There's a whole bunch of birds around me I've been trying to snap for a while, I've captured some nice moments, but failed to take quality pictures so far. Birds are my favourite creatures (together with horses).
    I especially love seagulls, the freedom of their hovering flight over the sea has always fascinated me. There're different species of seagulls, as well as double crested cormorants (#7), great blue herons (#5) and intermediate egrets (a relative of your #8) round here too, and I'm still after them (I have to invest in a more powerful lens).
    Definitely, one of your loveliest posts.

  3. Thanks. I could make a living taking pictures of birds (if I could just figure out how to get someone to pay for that). I've taken so many bird pictures, but I've not taken very many that I'd share...

  4. Lovely pictures. I have always found it difficult to take good bird pictures. They are so active.

  5. Very nice shots. #4 looks like an immature Tiger Heron, 5 a yellow crowned night heron, 6 a green heron, 7 an olivaceous cormorant, 8 a snowy egret (i think) and 9 a pelican.

  6. Scott, you've been searching your bird books - you've got them right!

  7. Timothy, I freely admit it. I'd be lost without my reference books. :)