Very nice. Appear a bit dark here but in lightbox they look just fine. Great catch.
Beautiful.. I especially love the 2nd shot.
That second one is so sharp. It looks like he posed for you. Their eyes always look so strange to me but it's a beautiful bird. Great shots!
Yes, great shots. Especially the second one - almost all bird in flight shots I have are from underneath - this looks like you are flying alongside. Good grab and good technique.
Lovely. In the first shot, I like the line (or curve) that looking into the end of the feathers makes. Not sure if that makes any sense.
These are interesting shots that bring up a point that I have wondered about for some time. Why do we sometimes see Herons (and other birds) flying with the neck fully extended and at other times, flying with the head pulled back as far as they can make it go?
It depends on the family. Herons (and egrets) all fly with their necks drawn back like this one, but all storks, cranes and flamingos with their necks fully extended. As to why - I guess you'd have to find a talking heron unless we have a proper ornithologist around.Why do we sometimes see Herons (and other birds) flying with the neck fully extended and at other times, flying with the head pulled back as far as they can make it go?
Thats right david, as to why, its all about how they feed and what they feed on, that requires them to fly like that, think of what and how each one eats and it becomes clear.
As the for the photos, very nice, i take it they were landing for you to get such a great angle?
Thanks, Mark. One of those things that's obvious - once someone points it out! Though neither of us have explained why the Great Blue Heron has it's neck straight out. I suspect that it has just taken off - unless it has an identity crisis.
It's interesting but unsurprising that birds that have converged on similar feeding patterns (for example cattle egrets and crowned cranes) maintain their ancestral ways. Not sure whether this is off topic, but for me knowing more about animal behaviour increases the enjoyment of watching them, and I think makes for better photographs, too.
Crop, Frank, Crop! That's the bit where a bird stores its food, not a PP instructionCould it be that the first Heron was flying on an empty stomach?
It's possible, but I don't think so. So far as I can recall, I've never seen a heron in level flight with its neck stretched out, but then there are lots of things I haven't seen. Perhaps Joe can tell us if it was taking off, landing, or in between?