Category Archives: Photos-Birds

Photos that I have taken of Birds.

~For the Love of Herons – Green~

Green Heron
Green Heron

A couple of weeks ago, while staying at Myakka River State Park, near Sarasota, Florida, we decided to take an afternoon ride to explore the park. We noticed a gravel road off the main road and turned in.  Traveling down unexplored roads, not knowing what lies ahead, is a thrill and what keeps us motivated to continue doing what we do. We reached a dead end, parked the car, got out and began to explore.

There were a couple of picnic tables; however the area didn’t seem to be visited as often as some of the other well known parts of the park. The grass showed no worn pattern and there wasn’t any trash on the ground.

From our vantage point at the top of the river bank, we could see the coffee colored Myakka River below, lazily meandering along. The filtered rays of the sun reflecting off its surface.

Finally, our eyes landed on a beautiful and unexpected sight. On a tree branch, that hung out over the river, sat a Green Heron. You can bet he spotted us before we spotted him.

The heron was resting with one leg tucked under its belly and occasionally it would begin to preen. I hope it had a full belly.

Preening
Preening

It didn’t seem concerned about us being there; we were perhaps fifteen feet away. The density of the trees and surrounding foliage, blocking sunlight, created a photo challenge.

The heron continued to pose for me and remained unconcerned of our presence.

 

_MG_3378
A feather in its bill.

 

I guess he did give me the evil eye!
I guess he did give me the evil eye or perhaps he was just saying hello!

I treasure experiences like this – the joy of being out in nature, the welcoming silence of the woods, the calming affect of the flowing water and the unexpected pleasure of a sighting.

The pleasure was all mine. After a while we got back into the car and as we traversed the gravel road, back to the main road, we carried with us a fond memory.

Until next time….

 

 

~Sweet~


sweet pretty face

bright eyes looking at me

touched my heart

_MG_3358

On a hike, we came upon a flock of Warblers. They were frantically searching the Oak Trees for food. I was trying very hard to capture a fews photos and had just about given up.

This sweet little Pine Warbler flew into a tree in front of me, sat there for awhile, seemingly resting, then flew off. I was able to take a few shots as it sat there. The light was pretty good and I was pleased with the photos. There were also some Palm Warblers flying around.

I did have a few worms fall on me while walking under these moss-covered, Oak trees, which wasn’t fun at all.

Pine Warbler
Pine Warbler

 

Until next time….

~Lord of the Vultures~

Does he have a gleem in his eye?
Does he have a gleem in his eye?

 

Howard and I came upon this scene while on a hike in Myakka River State Park. We thought it was pretty funny. This Wood Stork was standing in the middle of these Black Vultures. We just wondered what the Wood Stork was doing.

 

Lord of the Vultures
Lord of the Vultures

 

We nicknamed him – “Lord of the Vulures”. Notice some of the Vultures speaking their mind or maybe they were chanting. Maybe Wood Stork is having an identity crisis.

 

A Beauty and the not-so-pretty.
A Beauty and the not-so-pretty.

 

Until next time…..

~Hiding~

Red-Shouldered Hawks:

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
"Should we try for one?"
“Should we try for one?”

These two hawks, sitting in a tree above the shoreline near the group below, were waiting for a chance to catch breakfast. It was tough getting a clear shot of them, because they were hiding behind tree branches and leaves.

Wondering what to do about those two hawks.
“What should we do about those two hawks?”
Glossy Ibis (winter)
Glossy Ibis (winter)

Until next time….