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

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#21 Tom Kellie

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Posted 10 June 2015 - 04:22 AM

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.

 

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Posted 10 June 2015 - 04:29 AM

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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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Posted 15 June 2015 - 09:37 AM

Rufous-bellied Heron  (Mara Triangle)

 

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Posted 17 June 2015 - 07:27 PM

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


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Posted 02 July 2015 - 12:24 AM

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.

 

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Posted 02 July 2015 - 09:41 AM

Along the Cuiaba river (Pantanal)

 

This heron was probably tangled in the line of a fisherman and a fish was left hanging by a hook on its chest, when it managed to extricate itself from it.

 

 

 

 

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Posted 02 July 2015 - 12:25 PM

The previous heron is a cocoi heron, of course.  

 

Wood storck (Rio Mutum, Pantanal)

 

 

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Posted 04 July 2015 - 12:43 AM

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Lake Navaisha Squacco Heron

 
Photographed at 2:53 pm on 8 February, 2014 at Lake Navaisha, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.
 
ISO 100, 1/500 sec., f/2.8, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
 
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Before taking this portrait, I'd never previously knowingly observed or photographed a Squacco Heron. I say ‘knowingly’ as it's certainly possible I'd seen them but not known what I was seeing.
 
Not being a birder, I often stumble in recognizing what more experienced eyes would immediately know. That doesn't lessen my pleasure in observing birds.
 
As a child, my family had a fairly substantial aviary which developed an appreciation for the intelligence of birds. It was a small achievement to finally photograph this beautiful heron.

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Posted 05 July 2015 - 04:22 PM

Boat-billed heron (Pantanal)

 

The two first pictures were taken along the Rio Mutum and the third one at Barranco Alto.

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Posted 06 July 2015 - 09:45 AM

Rio Claro (Pantanal)

 

The beautiful whistling heron

 

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Striated heron

 

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Posted 04 September 2015 - 08:58 AM

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Windblown Crowned Cranes

 

~ Photographed on 28 January, 2015 at 10:23 am in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.

 

ISO 160, f/5.6, 1/1600 sec., 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.

 

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What struck me about this image was the effect of a steady breeze on the head plumage, i.e. the ‘crown’, of these Crowned Cranes. Their feathers are typically neatly arrayed...not here!

 

They were wading together in the nearly dry Ewaso Nyiro River, where the brisk air from Buffalo Springs across the river was rustling tree foliage and cooling off the heat around us.


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Posted 20 October 2015 - 03:52 AM

This was the day the Little Blue Heron became pelagic.  The small heron was searching for his dinner on a rock on the edge of Half Moon Bay in Akumal, Mexico, when a wave caught him unaware.    The little blues spend the first year of their lives in white feathers and as they are molting into their adult plumage they appear in patchworks of white and blue.

 

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Posted 20 October 2015 - 06:42 PM

This Little Blue Heron is dry unlike the one I posted above and much lighter in color.  He was photographed at Coba, a great Mayan city now in ruins in State of Quintana Roo, Mexico.  The little Blue Herons also live in the southeast USA in marshes and estuaries and spend their days stalking the shallow waters for small fish and amphibians.

 

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 09:17 PM

This Little Blue Heron is dry unlike the one I posted above and much lighter in color.  He was photographed at Coba, a great Mayan city now in ruins in State of Quintana Roo, Mexico.  The little Blue Herons also live in the southeast USA in marshes and estuaries and spend their days stalking the shallow waters for small fish and amphibians.

 

~ @Terry

 

What gorgeous color!

 

That's one beautiful bird.

 

Thank you for the background concerning where it was photographed.

 

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 06:23 PM

Great White Pelican , Walvis bay lagoon , Namibia

 

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 05:18 PM

Great blue heron, Point Lobos, California

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Brown pelican, Point Lobos, California

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Posted 10 November 2015 - 11:04 PM

Snowy egret, Point Lobos, California

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Posted 11 November 2015 - 04:25 AM

Snowy egret, Point Lobos, California

 

~ @Patty

 

Now that's a special shot!

 

You're making me miss coastal California.

 

What a great two-fer photograph.

 

We're fortunate in Safaritalk that you live where you do, as you're able to regularly share such great images.

 

Thank you!

 

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 01:53 PM

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Crowned Crane Wings

 
Photographed at 1:06 pm on 3 May, 2015 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 2500, 1/1600 sec., f/16, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
 
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In the distance, where no game had been spotted for many minutes, we noticed flashing colors. Several crowned cranes had assumed the guise of whirling dervishes, flailing their wings together.
 
I'd thought of crowned cranes as being mild birds who quietly went about their business, feeding in grassy areas. Yet everyone has their moments of abandon, even crowned cranes.

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Posted 30 January 2016 - 09:10 PM

A couple of months ago my wife and I were in the San Francisco area, mostly for work but we took a couple of days off and headed down to Pacific Grove.  On our way back to SF, there was one stop I had to make - Elkhorn Slough, for it's boat safari: http://www.elkhornslough.com/

 

We were rather lucky in that the cruise goes out based on low tide, and while we were there low tide was late afternoon, so there was some nice light for photos.  There's an amazing concentration of birds there, as well as a lot of Sea Otters (I think the final count for our 90 minutes was over 60 that we saw).  We also saw, more relevant to this thread, Brown Pelicans and American White Pelicans, in good numbers.  My wife really wanted to get pictures of pelicans in flight, and while it looked like we wouldn't be lucky, some Brown Pelicans obliged just as the sun was setting.  I'll share a few photos, and paste a couple of other pictures in the relevant threads.

 

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