I was going through some old images of bird images I have taken and I decided to put together some of my favorites. Some of these pictures have some pretty cool stories behind them for me.
For instance the eagle pictures were taken as I was hanging out at the lake with my son when suddenly every other bird that was relaxing on the lake immediately flew off. It was in an instant. There were mallards, geese, song birds, and like I mentioned, in an instant they were gone. I happened to look behind me and thats when I saw a bald eagle in the distance heading straight for the water. It was a very cool site to see.
The hawk eating another bird was an interesting one as well. A few years ago, I headed out to our backyard and about 20-30 feet from me was sitting a Sharp Shinned Hawk tearing away at a bird it had just captured. It saw me there, knew I was watching and taking pictures, but obviously knew I was not a threat because it sat and ate for about 15 minutes. Every few minutes it would turn around and look at me, but would just go back to eating.
The Pelican image, is one of my favorites because it looks so peaceful and content. There were a handful of others around it, but I loved how it kept turning it’s head and would rest. The others were doing normal pelican things, but this one was resting by itself. I made a few images and realized how much I liked it when I saw it in black and white.
The butt shot of the egret is one of my favorites as well. I was sitting at the lake watching the egrets with my son and we kept trying to sneak up on them to get a close up photo. If you have never tried to photograph egrets before, they will not let you get very close to them. We managed to get pretty close to this egret in the image and I knew it was going to fly off and I was able to get a good butt shot of it. I like the legs and water drops kicking up from the lake as it left in a hurry.
The geese taking off from the lake is my overall favorite photo. It was extremely cold this day and I wanted to get this exact image prior to trying. I sat at the lake by myself with my hands freezing as I did not bring any gloves with me. The cold was just unbearable that day, especially as it was coming off of the water. The geese would not fly off as I wanted to get an artistic blurry picture of them. The moment I decided to move on and head home, they flew off. They circled around the lake a few times but flew only a few feet above the water of the lake. I only usually see cormorants do this as geese usually fly off and leave the area. I felt like it was just for me so I could get my image.