Same Great Blue, but from the other side so now he's back lit and I'm staring almost straight into the sun. Despite having to work around a little lens flare I like the overall effect. (And his plume is still too cool :-)
Yet another picture of a Great Blue Heron, but I couldn't resist ...the black plume off the back of the head is just too cool.
Mom was keeping a watchful eye on the young one from her spot in the bush, but eventually came out for a short visit as well.
Much to my surprise and delight, the Black-crowned Night-Herons had decided to come out of hiding for a short while to enjoy the sunshine.
... before deciding he'd had enough fun for one day.
The plover posed for a few shots ...
The next weekend brought actual sunshine and not just a lack of rain. Headed out to Brunswick Point, but the only creatures that were stirring were a few cormorants, gulls, and this Black-bellied Plover.
It's absolutely fascinating to watch hundreds of birds fly together like they're a single entity.
A couple of times something would startle them and they'd fly out over the water for a few minutes before settling back on the rocks.
It's 8am on a dreary Saturday morning, but since it's not actively raining I make the required trip over the wall at the ferry terminal. At first I thought I was hearing sounds from some birds further out on the water, but after taking another few steps I found myself staring down at a rather large flock of little peeps. Dunlin to be precise.
It's a wonder they don't land on each other.
Gotta look good for all the visitors.
A Great Blue Heron reflects on the events of 2005. Something tells me he isn't making any New Year's resolutions.
Great Blue Heron
Cormorants, Herons and friends
Sneaking up on a Great Blue Heron
Adolescent Sandhill Crane
Checking out the camera
Great Blue Heron rests on the nesting boxes
Black-crowned Night-Heron well hidden in the bush.
Sandhill Crane families
Sandhill Crane family - baby crane is 1 month old.
One month old Sandhill Crane
One month old Sandhill Crane with parent
Sandhill Crane family. Baby crane is one month old.
Killdeer in farm field
Greater Yellowlegs @ Astotin Lake, Elk Island National Park
Great Blue Herons
Great Blue Heron on the road to Reifel
Sandpipers & Phalarope