Great Blue Heron contemplating its move. As a Heron, balance is tricky. I had this itch that needed immediate attention. My frustration is having an itch I can’t scratch. I was concern I’d make a fool of myself. After all we are known for gracefulness. I was happy to satisfy this itch and still stand respectfully.
This vicious sea gull stands its ground by relentless squawking and wings lifted high. It’s ready for a show down as other gulls dive-bomb in pursuit of abandoned turkey scraps.
Bullies are everywhere. I’m attacked from all sides. Those birds have the gull to try to take my food. This isn’t the first time I was bullied to give them my food. What is it with me, am I an easy prey?
Photo by: Richard Smith
Like most takers of fish, the Great Blue Heron waits for long periods of time for a fish to get close. When the fish is within striking distance and with lighting speed the Great Blue Herons’ beak jabs into the water in an attempt to clamp onto the fish. Here you see the Great Blue Heron attempting to swallow the fish whole. In the other picture the same Heron turned, now you see blood from the stab wound of the Herons’ beak.
Camera used is a Sony A77II, Sony lens 70-400mm, ISO 800, 230MM, f7.1, AT 1/800 Sec. Location Lions Bridge, Newport News, VA 4/21/17.
For me this is a rare photo capture to see an owl drinking water. As well as it blended in with the surrounding area, I almost missed this shot. I only found it by luck.
The barred owl is a large typical owl native to North America. Best known as the hoot owl for its distinctive call.
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April, the month the ospreys arrive from their winter range to begin the cycle of life. I captured the below photo in Newport News, VA at the spillway where Lake Maury overflows into the James Rive…
Source: The Osprey’s Catch: One Fish at a Time
I captured this adult and juvenile barred owl along the Nolan trail in Newport News, VA. The perimeter of the Nolan trail surrounds Lake Maury; which is within a mature, mixed forest of large trees of hemlock, maple, oak, hickory, and beech. When I first spotted this fledging owl, it was roosted on the branch. Normally, an owl will sleep during the day and are not very active. But, this young guy was alert and constantly looking around. I figured it was waiting on its parent to come back. So I set up my tripod and camera and waited about two hours. Finally, out of nowhere, the adult owl appeared along side the juvenile owl. This was a great capture of a barred owl nurturing its young, the next generation of these beautiful birds.
Unlike human love, animals’ internal love appears natural. Humans make the power of love so difficult. Before God created man and woman, He created the animal kingdom. Maybe we are to learn from the animals. I see in this picture love, joy, kindness, compassion, and comfort.
By Richard Smith
April, the month the ospreys arrive from their winter range to begin the cycle of life. I captured the below photo in Newport News, VA at the spillway where Lake Maury overflows into the James River. Two hours before high tide the ospreys flock near the spillway to capture their bountiful food of herring, shad and other bait fish. As the tide moves in, the fish swim through the spillway into Lake Maury. In a tight circle, the osprey flies about 10 to 30 feet above the water’s surface. When the osprey spots its prey, it does an aerial dance. Its wings flutter to hold its position from the winds current. The ospreys yellow eyes are intense on its prey. With its wings folded it dives into the water. Within seconds the osprey swoops out of the water with a fish snagged in its talons.
Written and photographed by: Richard Smith