I’ve imaged Crested Night Herons before but they draw me back with their blood red eyes and long jaunty white head plumes. I tried to catch this pretty boy snacking on the pond fauna but he was too quick for me. Interesting birds, apparently very social, nesting together hidden in trees until evening when they split up for solitary hunts.
Sam got me interested in learning a little more about these creatures, 30 million years they’ve been flying the waterways of this Earth in essentially the same form. That is positively prehistoric! Average size is around 5 feet long, 9 foot wingspan, and 15 pounds. Here you can see how their flexible elbow or ulna allows the wing to fold in half for storage when not in flight. For more images click Read the rest of this page »
Photographers know to always be ready. The best shot may be the one you aren’t expecting.
The Balloons Over Bend festival was in town this weekend. I got up early this morning and headed down to Riverbend Park to hopefully get some nice shots of hot air balloons, which I have never photographed before.
I found a spot up on the hill behind the park (the hill where my office is located, in fact), set up the tripod and waited for the festivities to commence. But apparently it was too windy, and sadly no balloons were going to fly. Which sucked – if you’re going to crawl out of bed at 5:30am on a Sunday, you don’t want it to be in vain.
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I don’t think of high plains desert being habitat for sea birds but Colorado attracts a lot of them. Sea Gulls, Albatross, Cormorants, and here three Pelicans loitering over North Sterling Reservoir Northeast of Denver.