September 2012 Odds & Ends
With the August 2012 post I was finally up to date and ready to take a breather. But when I looked through my picture files again I realized I had missed several good shots. So here is one more post to fill in the missing pieces.
HEAD SHOTS – There are few domestic Muscovy Ducks out there worth a second look, but this may be one of them.
The Double-crested Cormorant doesn’t look a whole lot better, but it does sport a beautiful turquoise eye.
ACTION PICTURES – A hawk downing a mole cricket, and a heron catching a fish.
NEW BIRDS – I missed a few new birds along the way, including this male frigatebird with its conspicuous red gular pouch.
Also new were the European Starling and first summer Common Tern.
PORTRAITS – Sometimes birds perch themselves or stand in such a way that their picture looks like a portrait. Or even appear to have been stuffed and sitting in a museum diorama, like this adult eagle.
Other “posers” include a grackle, ibis, heron, egrets, anhinga and a cuckoo.
I was hoping for a group shot with these swallows but only one would cooperate.
BIRDS IN FLIGHT – Finally, a few shots of birds on the wing. A heron taking off and an egret hugging the shore.
Also, a vulture coming in for a landing, storm-petrel skimming the water, and a kingbird returning to the nest.
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist