This week’s challenge really suits me because I have many photos of long-legged birds! Mostly great blue herons and egrets that I see around my neighborhood when I take my nearly daily walks. I also managed to catch a great blue heron in flight and two egrets in flight and am including those videos below. Note that the great blue heron flies right past a stationary egret as it lands.
If you’d like to join the challenge, or to view other entries, check out Denzil’s post for more details.
Up first is an egret that I managed to catch in flight as well as its reflection.
The next photo is a HUGE great blue heron I saw at my local park. I don’t believe I had ever seen one this large before.
Next is a gallery of great blue herons. You will notice green muck in every photo in this gallery and some in the next gallery. I believe it’s the run-off of chemicals from lawns around this lake at my local park. I read about another lake nearby that cleaned up their muck last year. I keep hoping our town will clean up the muck on our lake but, so far, no luck on the muck cleaning.
A gallery of the “white bird” follows. We love the white bird in our house. So much so that whenever we see an egret one of us calls out “white bird!”. It’s sort of like a good luck thing, and seeing them always brightens my day. They are so beautiful and they spend spring through fall around here. I almost always see one on my walks.
This one deserves to be on its own as it’s one of my favorites of the white bird! He didn’t fly away as I approached which was really nice. Thank you white bird!
And one of a green heron who doesn’t really have long legs but I thought I’d include it anyway. I had never heard of this bird before and a fellow walker at the park saw me photographing a bird and volunteered to show me a green heron. And now I see these all the time.
To close I wanted to share two videos. Okay, these are not photos but seeing these majestic birds in flight is so fun! First is the great blue heron in flight that I mentioned above. The second video is of two egrets in flight. You will notice one egret is in a tree, as the two keep flying but I’m only focusing on one at that point. You see the second one that was also in flight just finish landing as the other one flies out of sight to the right. I count three egrets, wow.
I just love early spring as everything comes back to life outside. My rhubarb that just barely broke the ground two weeks ago is now ready to be harvested. I feel a rhubarb crisp in my future! The biggest news, however, is that our neighborhood egret has returned!! He’s still fairly evasive and I haven’t gotten the best photos. Every time I get close enough, he high tails it. In the gallery below you’ll see one photo of him in flight. He’s far away, but I think it’s still cool. First are some early blooms from around my yard. Click anywhere in the gallery to see larger photos.
rhubarb just poking through
humongous rhubarb ready to be picked
Now a gallery of early spring photos around our pond. And the egret!!
ah, beautiful egret. come closer….
captured him just before he flew away
egret in flight!
beautiful reflections with egret in the distance
One last photo of a fabulous sunset seen about a month ago. The sky looked like it was on fire! Happy spring everyone!
Marianne at East of Málaga hosts this monthly challenge(click the link for more of this month’s entries) and I’m doing it this month! I have so many reflection-type photos and most, if not all, of these have been posted before but it’s fun to put together a collection of photos for a theme. I hope you’ll enjoy these. Click on any photo to see it larger and to scroll through all of the photos.
11th Crow Wing Lake-Sun reflection and Dad and daughter reflecting on life
11th Crow Wing Lake-I love how the clouds and sun reflect in the water
11th Crow Wing Lake-more reflections in the water
11th Crow Wing Lake-tree reflections in the water
11th Crow Wing Lake-trees reflection
Willow Pond-early spring trees reflecting in the water
Patio de las Doncellas, Real Alcázar, Sevilla
The rest of the challenge is to include links to two blogs that I’ve commented on in the last month. My first is a more recent find, a food blog that I think you’ll enjoy. Things My Belly Likes is full of great recipes with a dash of humor too.
My second featured blog has given me much inspiration in the last few weeks. Please visit Mirth and Motivation, I promise you’ll be inspired!
UPDATE: I originally posted this a year ago June. It’s now July 2013. It was one of the posts that contained broken links so I’ve revived this post with photos of our egret of last year. I thought of it because we have not seen its return this year. I’m glad I got the photos I did.
Such a beautiful bird and there’s one in our pond across the street. It’s there frequently when hubby and I take our lunchtime walk around the pond. I almost always bring my camera. I hope to get a great close-up but for now, here are some pics of our neighborhood egret.