Tag Archives: Birds

Green Heron

Green Heron, Six MIle Cypress

Green Heron, Six MIle Cypress Slough

There were lots of birds — herons, storks, anhingas — and other creatures like squirrels and pigs in the swamp this afternoon, but this Green Heron was the only one that actually posed.


He landed close enough to discuss Chekhov


For the birds



Interrupting my reading to bring you this:

Seagull, Late Afternoon

Seagull, Late Afternoon

Travel Theme: Multiples

Ailsa’s theme this week is MULTIPLES.   As soon as I read this, I knew which picture — one I took last Thursday — I would have to post.

However, when I downloaded the photos a few days later, the photos weren’t the best.  I was just too far away, with no opportunity to get closer.   I took this shot while at a gas station.  The tree was in an adjacent field, but there was a fence and a dog between us.

Although I’ve seen large flocks of birds before, I have never seen this many gathered in one place.   Although they were a distance away, if one listened carefully, trying to ignore the sounds of interstate traffic, you could hear the flock’s loud squawking.

The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place: Somewhere in Tennessee

Here is an enlarged area of the same photo.  That was a large tree.   That was a lot of birds!   I would not have wanted to be standing under that tree!TheStarlings-Magnified

I think I understand a bit more about what might have been the genesis of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.

While these were probably starlings, not crows, seeing them did remind me of this video I saw about a year ago.  In case you think that birds are stupid, watch this:  Crowboarding!   You don’t have to understand a word of Russian — or crow song — to enjoy this.

Be sure to check out what others have submitted for Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week.  You can participate too by posting a photo that contains your interpretation of “Multiples” and leaving a link on Ailsa’s blog, Where’s My Backpack?
SUNDAY POST: GOALS / Travel Thame: Multiples | ~~Good~talk~with~Yen-Yen~~
Weekly Travel Theme: Multiples « A Day In the Life of Jennay
Travel theme: Multiples: The Multitude | Serendipity 13
Travel Theme: Multiples | Angelinem’s Blog
Travel Theme – Multiples « thegingerbreadcafe
Travel Theme: Multiples | Alastair’s Blog
Multiples: Where’s My Backpack Travel Challenge « Found Round & About
Multiple Multiples! « The Urge To Wander
A multiplicity of saints | Artifacts and fictions
Travel Theme: Multiple moments « Julie Dawn Fox Photography

Winter is coming

I used to think that the appearance of robins was one of the first signs of Spring.  In recent years, though, it seems like there is quite a large flock of robins who do not migrate.  Sometimes in the winter, as they sit lonely on snow-covered limbs, I can’t help but wonder if they are thinking:  “It would be so much nicer down south.  Whose bright idea was it to stay?”

Much about this picture is wrong — wrong exposure, wrong contrast, wrong framing — but I like it anyway.   In part, I like it because it was a mistake that had some redeeming qualities.  But I also like it because so often in the winter this is what a look out my house windows looks like:  a lonely robin seated on barren limbs on a blustery grey winter day.   The only thing unusual about this is that it isn’t November yet!

Readying for winter

Lovebirds (Travel Theme: Couples)

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is Couples.

I don’t shoot people often, and for those that I have, I don’t feel right about posting here without permission.   But, if we allow for a bit of anthropomorphizing, we can find more than just one or two shots of couples in my collections of photographs.  Seems like I might have a thing for lovebirds:

Canadian Geese at Sunrise

Canadian Geese mate for life. Often these birds are annoying, taking over every bit of green space near water that they can find. There was a flock of 23 birds that I would see while walking last summer. I can’t blame the old widowed bird for being quite squawky. I think that even her flockmates grew tired of the lonely bird at times.

Laughing Gulls — A Quiet Moment

I have no idea if these two are an item or not, but they seemed quite content to be alone together near the surf, one standing sentry as the other napped.

Pelicans In Flight

On shore, pelicans are peculiar looking, their large gullets and beaks so disproportionate to the rest of their bodies, one wonders how they manage to waddle down the beach. But, once in the air, they are a beautiful site to behold, soaring and diving, often in unison.

Ospreys, Nearby, Together, Not Sharing

Ospreys are magnificent birds. Their bright yellow eyes can look a bit creepy; their muscular legs can look terrifying. I wouldn’t want to be a small rodent caught in their sites. I came across this female in her nest last winter. She was making a loud, angry, scolding noise. It took me a moment to find her mate, who didn’t seem to be in a sharing mood. I can’t say that I blame that bird for not being happy her mate was not sharing nesting duties — or his feast!

Love birds

Oh, I have a picture of a couple to share after all: octogenarian newlyweds, holding hands.

Travel Theme: White

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is WHITE in honor of the UN’s International Day of Peace. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon wrote in his message for today: “On the International Day of Peace, I call on combatants around the world to find peaceful solutions to their conflicts. Let us all work together for a safe, just and prosperous future for all.”

There are many opportunities to find peace in this world and I believe it is only sustainable if it starts with individuals committed to resolving conflicts, in not seeing the world and its issues in simply black and white, right or wrong, either/or terms.

As a commemoration of International Peace Day, Ailsa has proposed white themed photos. Here is a Baker’s Dozen of white or predominately white photographs I’ve taken over the last few years:

White near the shore:

Dosinia Clams

Wood Stork


Royal Tern

White in the woods and the garden:


Viburnum blossom in rain puddle


Spring Bloom on Fruit Tree

Rose Garden, Musée Rodin, Paris

Seed pod

White in Winter:

Southern Indiana Creek, February

Winter afternoon snow

Robert Indiana’s LOVE, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Snowy December Afternoon


Great Blue Heron, Early Morning, Pensacola Bay

I see Great Blue Herons frequently near my home, but the ones that I spot on the Gulf Shore, nearly 800 miles away, seem less skittish, less caring about the nearness of humans, and maybe a bit more willing to share a piece of shoreline.

This bird stood still for several minutes in the early morning breeze.   Once Reveille from the nearby military base was played, he slowly walked down the shore, poked his beak into the surf a few times, then slowly flew away to the rest of his day.

Travel Theme: Red

Where’s My Backpack’s theme for this week is RED.  While Ailsa focused on a recent trip to southern Utah, where there are red landscapes, I selected a few of my favorite nature shots from throughout the year.

Red Bird in Winter

Spring Blooms in Red

Summer-like Red Flower

Red Leaves in Autumn