Last edited by jprzybyla; 22nd February 2013 at 03:00 PM.
Joe - You've established such a high standard in terms of the quality of your wildlife images that we look at a set like this and think, 'Oh, some more of Joe's work' and the risk (if that's the right word) is that we start taking that quality for granted.
I'm not the world's best judge of wildlife images, but these have to be right up there. Excellent stuff.
Donald has a good point - you always make the most of what's on offer and where that isn't ideal, you do as good as is possible - these are well up to your usual high standard.
I suspect the snake wasn't angry for long, although I have to wonder if they are eaten alive, why some prey don't "munch their way out" - does the Heron whack it about a bit until it is dead, or at least stunned?Great Blue Heron with angry snake
Great set Joe, keep 'em coming.
Another great set (how many ways to say that?). I THINK your mystery bird is a long billed dowitcher, but would appreciate other views.
I agree with everyone - these are exceptional as always. And like Dave, I'm wondering about the snake - is it dead before being swallowed?
Amazing... as always..
My observation strictly as a bird admirer, and a 'record-photographer' only. Joe, I really enjoyed each of your photographs, the Roseate Spoonbill stretched out is fabulous; such a stunning water-bird! The Great Blue Heron with snake, my goodness, THAT was a great moment to capture like you did. I might've felt somewhat heartened by the fact it picked it up and not me! The Sharp Shinned Hawk also wonderful to see.
I've seen enough of your photo's to say that perhaps "you" should start telling us how you shot some of these! Especially the ones in flight. I have yet to capture birds in flight with such focus.
Since you force me to find some minor defect in such beautiful photo's (oh the agony), then I would say it would be the Turkey Vulture. It has a slight blue tint to it.
I didn't think your bird pics could get much better than they have been lately. Well, I was mistaken. Phenomenal shots my friend!
Joe, beautiful photos. The GBH with the snake is classic. I am guessing that your mystery bird is a Common Snipe. The striped head and barred flanks are typical of this species. And the habitat seems to fit as well.
Seems you have a great supply of birds to photograph and you make the most of it.
Ironically, the one bird that you can't identify is my favorite photo. Gorgeous portrait among all beautiful photos!
Hi Joe, could you please STOP posting these shots.. i am getting envious of them all !..lol
but seriously , another great collection, keep them coming