Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Back to Birding...

I have been itching to get out with the camera lately, and today I finally pushed myself a bit and went out to photograph birds.   I did not have my usual stamina, and found that I had to stop and take a rest every hour or so.  But it was nice to get outdoors and once again occupy myself with something I really enjoy doing.

I was able to get a few decent photos, including one of a roseate spoonbill chick.  Prior to today I did not have any images of chicks of this particular species, and it was difficult to get this one due to twigs and branches obstructing my view to the bird as it hobbled around in the nest.  But waiting and watching for quite some time finally paid off and resulted in the image below.  You can contrast this image with of the adult spoonbill below it.

Roseate Spoonbill - chick

Roseate Spoonbill - adult

The next image is a cattle egret in full breeding plumage.  It's quite amazing how a fairly boring white bird transforms itself into the colorful version you see below in breeding season.

Cattle Egret in breeding plumage

Next is a young tricolor heron.  As the bird gets older, the browns will turn to blues as seen in the top image in this article.

Tricolor Heron - juvenile

Finally a great white egret both perched and in flight.

Great White Egret


  1. Oh my gosh. These shots are gorgeous. So full of light, and the spoonbill chick is beyond adorable. I would love to see one in person one of these days.

    My aunt is having a rough go with her second round of chemo right now. It's a very difficult time for her, but the chemo is working. Glad you were able to get out and about. I'm going to pass your blog on to her.

  2. The roseate spoonbill chick is a charmer; never seen one before. Great collection with great color.

  3. Glad you made it out! Cute image of the baby spoonie. Great histograms!

  4. Wow, very nice! Any chance these were taken at the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine? That's the only place I have been able to get anything even close to these. Just wonderful!

  5. Thats a great set Tim and good to see you getting out. All the best

  6. Wow and when you go abck to bird, it is amazingly sharp, well composed and fascinating... Beautiful Tim....

  7. These are all beautiful... I'm working on trying to get that perfect light like you captured on the wings of the Great White Egret in flight (like all of your images) Hope your getting stronger and posting again soon...

  8. Excellent images, Tim. Your photographs have made my day.