“Behold! in the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the alternation of the night and the day; in the sailing of the ships through the ocean for the profit of mankind; in the rain which Allah Sends down from the skies, and the life which He gives therewith to an earth that is dead; in the beasts of all kinds that He scatters through the earth; in the change of the winds, and the clouds which they Trail like their slaves between the sky and the earth;- (Here) indeed are Signs for a people that are wise.” [2:164]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Canon 6D, f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO 1000 @ 439 mm.
I captured this little beauty perched atop a dried corn stalk on my most recent visit to Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma. There were several other birds flitting about amongst the stalks of corn, unfortunately they stayed buried too deep to take any pictures.
Canon T2i, f/ 6.3, 1/500 sec, ISO 200 @ 300mm.
I took this photo of an immature Elk while visiting my mother-in-law in Mississippi during Christmas a few years ago. It is snacking on pine straw in the field behind her house. I love the innocent expression on its face!