Signs for a people that are wise

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“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]

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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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