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Tom Kellie

Show us your cranes, egrets, hamerkops, herons, pelicans and storks...

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Ciconia ciconia Trio Landing


Photographed at 4:28 pm on 7 February, 2014 in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.


ISO 100, 1/200 sec., f/2.8, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.


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In eight safaris in Kenya, this distant glimpse of several Ciconia ciconia, White Stork, is the only occasion when I've ever seen this species. During extended stays in Europe I never spotted a White Stork.


Although no bundles delivering infants were observed, it was satisfying to see a species which had been mentioned in my childhood gracefully landing in the savanna.

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Very nice!

 

Here's a rufescent tiger heron taken with Panasonic FZ 18 in pond behind Porto Jofre lodge, pantanal Brazil

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Here's a rufescent tiger heron taken with Panasonic FZ 18 in pond behind Porto Jofre lodge, pantanal Brazil

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~ @@kittykat23uk

 

Ooh! THAT's what we like to see!

A TERRIFIC shot!

Is it standing on the leaf of Victoria amazonica?

Love the stance, love the lighting, love the context, love the shot!

Thank you!

Tom K.

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Thanks, yes it's on a giant water Lilly. The plant has been introduced as an ornamental addition to the lodge grounds but makes a great backdrop to this prince of herons. :)

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Thanks, yes it's on a giant water Lilly. The plant has been introduced as an ornamental addition to the lodge grounds but makes a great backdrop to this prince of herons. :)

 

~ @@kittykat23uk

 

By its stance, doesn't it look 100% poised to strike forward at anything it spots?

Such form! Ideally suited to stalking and striking. An exemplary instance of form facilitating function.

Really a lovely image of a lovely species.

Tom K.

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Casmerodorius albus Arabesque
Photographed at 3:50 pm on 9 February, 2014 at Lake Baringo, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.
ISO 800, 1/3200 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
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The boat ride along the flooded shoreline of Lake Baringo facilitated observation of hamerkops, egrets, fish eagles, kingfishers, quelea, crocodiles, hippopotamus and herons.
The effortless grace of this Casmerodorius albus, Great Heron, was a highlight of the afternoon, its elegance epitomizing nature's beauty throughout Kenya.

 

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Posted (edited)

~ @@Geoff

 

Many, many thanks for pointing out the updated nomenclature for the image above.

Where I live not all available resources — whether online or in bookstores — are updated to international standards.

We do the best that we can with what's available, but must profusely apologize to the Safaritalk community when what's available here falls short.

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@@Geoff very kindly and discreetly told me in a private message that the species above — Great Egret — is designated as Ardea alba.

Enough time passed such that it wasn't possible to amend the error above.

The binomial nomenclature and name I posted was used in various out-of-date books.

I hope that the error won't unduly detract from enjoying the wing plumage as displayed above.

With Chagrin,

Tom K.

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OK, this is not Africa but it is fascinating none the less

 

Pelican eats live pigeon

 

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Green Heron (Butorides virescens) - formerly known as Little Green Heron and Green-backed Heron. Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, Colleton County, South Carolina.

 

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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) at the Yawkey Wildlife Center in South Carolina:

 

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Wood Storks (Mycteria americana), Great Egrets (Ardea alba), Snowy Egrets (Egretta thula) and Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) at the Yawkey Wildlife Center - November 2014.

 

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Roseate Spoonbills (Platalea ajaja) perched on a rice truck - a gate that controls water levels - at the Yawkey Wildlife Center in coastal South Carolina:

 

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Roseate Spoonbill in flight on a cloudy day at Bear Island Wildlife Management Area in South Carolina:

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Posted (edited)

Presumably Bitterns are on-topic in this wading bird thread. This American Bittern on South Island, South Carolina is doing its "vertical freeze" to avoid detection.

 

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Here is the same bird ruffling its feathers:

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Here is an American Bittern in flight:

 

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Edited by offshorebirder
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@@Tom Kellie what a good idea to bring together photos of these species. Here are a few memories from my travels.

 

Crowned cranes, Ngorongoro Crater, September 2005

 

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Egrets, Mahango GR, Caprivi, September 2014

 

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Slaty Egret, Moremi, 2014

 

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Black Egret, Moremi, September 2014

 

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These Australian Pelicans were seen at Northeast River on Flinders Island, November 2009

 

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These were taken on a gray day at St Helens on Tasmania's east coast

 

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This sunset pelican was taken at Khwai, Okavango Delta in August 2011

 

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Brown Pelican, Galapagos, August 2010

 

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These Pelicans, Yellow-billed Storks and Spoonbills were seen in Moremi, September 2014

 

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Saddle-billed Stork, Ruaha, July 2008

 

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and another from Moremi in September 2014

 

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Maguiri Stork, Transpantanaeira, July 2013

 

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Spoonbills, Selous July 2008

 

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Roseate Spoonbills, Paraguay River, Brazil 2013

 

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Open-billed stork, Olifants River, Kruger NP, August 2012

 

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this one was seen in the Caprivi near Mazambala Lodge, September 2014

 

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This Goliath Heron was photographed in Selous in 2008

 

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and this one was cooling off in Moremi in September 2014

 

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Great Blue Heron, Galapagos, August 2010

 

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White-faced Heron, Bruny Island, Tasmania May 2013

 

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Capped Heron, Pantanal, July 2013

 

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Gray herons, Selous, July 2008

 

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Rufescent Tiger Heron, Pantanal, July 2010

 

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and a juvenile of the same species,

 

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@@Tom Kellie what a good idea to bring together photos of these species. Here are a few memories from my travels.

 

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~ @@Treepol

 

Thank you very much!

Your Slaty Egret is both my first time to hear of that species or to see an image of it.

Really like it, as well as the broad selection of other images from around the globe!

Tom K.

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White-faced Heron. A common Aussie bird.


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Amboseli Icon


Photographed at 11:34 am on 11 February, 2014 in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.


ISO 800, 1/4000 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.


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When I first visited Amboseli National Park in January, 2013, the pairs of Grey Crowned Cranes I saw captivated me and my camera lens.


Having admired their elegant beauty during each of three visits to Amboseli, they remain an icon to me, reminding me of deeply happy safaris.



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Startled
Photographed at 4:14 pm on 9 February, 2014 at Lake Baringo, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.
ISO 800, 1/1600 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
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The boat on Lake Baringo hugged the shore so as to be as close to the reeds as possible. Hippos, crocodiles and birds appeared every minute as we drifted along.
A sudden explosion from the reeds startled us just as our arrival had been startling. There was only time for a single shot, which is this image, my 1999th Safaritalk post.

 

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@@Treepol

What a fantastic collection of these birds - and from such a variety of places!

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Posted (edited)

Reddish Egret loafing on Marsh Island - a nesting island used by Pelicans, Egrets, Ibis, Terns, Gulls and shorebirds - in the middle of Bulls Bay, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Photo taken from a boat out on the bay, so as not to disturb the nesting birds.

 

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Here is the Reddish Egret in flight over Marsh Island:

 

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Edited by offshorebirder
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Reddish Egret loafing on Marsh Island - a nesting island used by Pelicans, Egrets, Ibis, Terns, Gulls and shorebirds - in the middle of Bulls Bay, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Photo taken from a boat out on the bay, so as not to disturb the nesting birds.

 

~ @@offshorebirder

 

Beautiful images, beautiful birds.

Your neck of the woods has such a wealth of bird species.

We're fortunate that you share them here on Safaritalk.

Tom K.

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Baringo Beauty



Photographed at 4:14 pm on 9 February, 2014 on Lake Baringo, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.


ISO 800, 1/3200 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.


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Extensive lakeshore flooding at Lake Baringo resulted in structures jutting up from the water surface. Former camps and residences were abandoned to eventual watery decay.


In the background of this Purple Heron portrait the roofline of one such structure is visible. The heron's outsized feet made a strong impression on me when I saw them.

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Rufous-bellied Heron (Mara Triangle)

 

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@@Bush dog - excellent portrait of a Rufous-bellied Heron.

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Rufous-bellied Heron (Mara Triangle)

 

 

~ @@Bush dog

 

That's a terrific image!

This species is new to me — I've never heard of it, much less seen it.

Thank you for posting it.

Tom K.

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