Night Herons in Arizona

Christopher Martin Photography

Out of the shadows - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Among the tangles - 2014 © Christopher Martin

When we were in Sedona a couple of weeks ago, I drove to the Page Springs Sanctuary in search of birds to photograph.  Arizona is the winter home to many species that summer in Canada and I enjoyed seeing a pair of Black-crowned Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) during my visit to the river near the springs.

Heron's yawn - 2014 © Christopher Martin
It was mid-morning and they were not active.  They were perched over the river deep in the tangled branches of the huge trees.  This yawn was the most action that I saw while I watched them.  Didn’t bother me, they were great to see resting in this quiet forest.

Perched in shadow - 2014 © Christopher Martin

A red eye in the trees - 2014 © Christopher Martin

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Finally!!!!

Notable Nuances Photography by Susan Wilkinson

Canon 6D, f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 200 @ 439 mm. Canon 6D, f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 200 @ 439 mm.
Finally! What an incredible day my husband and I had today at Sequoyah NWR. We saw so many bird species that we don’t usually see. The most exciting sighting of the day, hands-down, was the Bald Eagle! This is a life bird for me, so it makes it that much more thrilling that I was able to photograph it, too! I’m always elated to get a new life bird checked off my list. The “icing on the cake” is to capture the moment in a photograph. I love going through my images…remembering the “thrill of the chase” and the fulfillment of checking it off my list.

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Great Blue Heron at Red Rock Crossing

Christopher Martin Photography

Great Blue Heron in the grass - 2014 © Christopher Martin
The Great Blue Herons ( Ardea herodias ) I see are usually wading in the water or flying above it. When I was in Sedona I went down to Red Rock Crossing and was surprised to catch sight of one not by Oak Creek but in a field of tall grass a couple of hundred meters away from the water.

Heron under the red rocks - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Down in the grass - 2014 © Christopher Martin
The bird was walking on a path leading up towards a ridge but lingered fairly close which allowed me to change lenses for a couple of different looks.  I really love these birds and it was a treat to see one in an unusual environment.

Walking away - 2014 © Christopher Martin
I noticed some crimson flecks on its bill and when I left the bird and went back towards Oak Creek, I figured out why the Heron stayed nearby.  I realized I had interrupted its dinner.  I left the area and returned to the edge…

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Weekend Wanderings – Around the Coast

Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY

So today’s post is not strictly a Weekend Wandering, though it could be.  My back has been giving me more trouble and I have been having trouble getting out.  This week to look after my back I have also been watching quite a few of the video’s on KelbyOne. I was watching one from Moose Peterson about black and white photography.  He was on the coast and taking photos of waves and rocks to be converted into Black and White Images.

As I was watching it I just wanted to go down to the coast and get some photos. Well that hasn’t been possible, but I have lots of photos, so I figured, why don’t I take a second look and convert them to black and white, see what I get.

So I did that, and I am going to just put them in a gallery for you to…

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