Tag Archives: Birds in Flight

Naturally Framed Owl

Framing of a scene by a tree can be good, lending a natural composition element to a bird image, like this Barred Owl.

Barred Owl Framed By Two Tree Trunks
Barred Owl Framed By Two Tree Trunks

It was still good as he swiveled his head to check out something above us.

Barred Owl Framed By Two Tree Trunks
Barred Owl Framed By Two Tree Trunks

But then as he bent down I knew…

Barred Owl Framed By Two Tree Trunks
Barred Owl Framed By Two Tree Trunks

…the framing would keep me from catching the action.

I did get kind of a cool picture of his powerful talons.

Barred Owl Framed By Two Tree Trunks
Barred Owl, Mostly His Feet, Framed By Two Tree Trunks

Red-shouldered Hawk, Early Morning

Ted and I took a stupendous boat tour at Okefenokee Swamp a few days ago.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

This Red-shouldered Hawk was the first bird of the day, shortly after sun rise.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

He looks a little tattered, but he had no trouble with his flight skills.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

The Okefenokee Swamp is a shallow, 438,000-acre, peat-filled wetland straddling the Georgia–Florida line in the United States. A majority of the swamp is protected by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and the Okefenokee Wilderness.

Plovers in the Air

Birds flying in tight flocks fascinate me, leaving me wondering how they communicate that synchronized take off, flight and landing. And of course I have to try to photograph them at it.

Flying Plovers
Flying Plovers

I saw this flock take off from a mud flat then make a quick u-turn.

Flying Plovers
Flying Plovers

They looped around the pond a few times then landed pretty much where they started.

Flock of Plovers Coming in for Landing
Flock of Plovers Coming in for Landing

Wood Stork, New Territory

I rarely see Wood Storks in the area of the heron and egret rookery at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens; if they are around they are more likely to be at the boat pond when the water is low and the feeding easier.

I was surprised to see this one standing at the edge of the pond, rather settled in.

Wood Stork Standing in Greenery
Wood Stork Standing in Greenery

For no apparent reason he took off. I did see a couple others much higher in the sky, perhaps he thought to join them.

Wood Stork in Flight, Airplane Photobomb
Wood Stork in Flight, Airplane Photobomb

One of them decided to circle back and attempt a tree-top landing at the other end of the pond.

Wood Stork Landing Precariously
Wood Stork Landing Precariously

He wobbled around a bit then flew off, towards the river.

Wood Stork Landing Precariously
Wood Stork Landing Precariously

Tricolored Heron In Flight

It was a treat to see this Tricolored Heron fly by me rather slowly and in a straight line.

Tricolored Heron In Flight
Tricolored Heron In Flight

I more often see them in something of a panic mode, flapping and squawking.

Tricolored Heron In Flight
Tricolored Heron In Flight

The squawking can be fun to photograph but is often accompanied by erratic flying, which is not so easy to catch.

Tricolored Heron In Flight
Tricolored Heron In Flight

These were taken in early January when the marsh reeds and grass were just brown.

Tricolored Heron In Flight
Tricolored Heron In Flight

January 3, 2021