Great Blue Heron

Relaxing peacefully at the edge of a frozen pond, this great blue heron made the perfect photography subject! Great blues are really versatile hunters.
I have personally watched them catch enormous fish and frogs, as well as small minnows.
One a particular occasion, I watched a blue heron stalk across a cow pasture, seemingly snatching rodents.
Photographed in Lewisburg, PA, USA.
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Green Heron in a Green Swamp

A green heron spearing fish from his shadowy perch. Look closely, and you may notice something grasped in the bill. Green herons are extremely clever.
They have been observed dropping insects into the water, or gently twitching a small stick to entice fish. Photo taken near Harrisburg, PA, USA.
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American Bittern

An American Bittern takes off from it's perch among the cattails. These birds have mastered the camouflage of their vegetated homes. Bitterns will often sit amidst the reeds, beaks pointed up.
They even tend to sway in response to a breeze. Tucson, AZ.
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American Oystercatchers

American Oystercatchers are stunning shorebirds that specialize in extracting oysters, snails, etc from the protective shell. Gulls will sometimes watch these elegant shellfish specialists and dive in to steal their food after it's prepared.
Puerto Penasco, MX.
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Oystercatcher and the Snail

An American Oystercatcher carries about a hapless snail before brutally extracting dinner with his/her long bill. American Oystercatchers are stunning shorebirds that specialize in extracting oysters, snails, etc from the protective shell. Gulls will sometimes watch these elegant shellfish specialists and dive in to steal their food after it's prepared. Puerto Penasco, MX. Prints of this image are not currently available for sale. Please check back for updates!

Oystercatcher and the Egret

An American Oystercatcher traipses by while the snowy egret hunts in the shallow tide pool. American Oystercatchers are stunning shorebirds that specialize in extracting oysters, snails, etc from the protective shell. Gulls will sometimes watch these elegant shellfish specialists and dive in to steal their food after it's prepared. Egrets, on the other hand, simply snatch hapless fish as they pass. Puerto Penasco, MX.
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Sandhill Silhouettes

A few sandhill cranes looking spectacular soon after sunset at Willcox, AZ. Sandhill cranes often assemble in huge numbers throughout the winter in specific sites. Around sunset, they will make the most primordial sounds, often rising into the air en-masse. Prints of this image are not currently available for sale. Please check back for updates!

Sandhills in the Setting Sun

Bathed in the stunning golden hour sunlight, two sandhill cranes posture at each-other. Sandhill cranes often assemble in huge numbers throughout the winter in specific sites. Around sunset, they will make the most primordial sounds, often rising into the air en-masse. Willcox, AZ.
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Crane Silhouettes

Silhouetted by the setting sun, a flock of sandhill cranes moves to their roosting spots for the night. Sandhill cranes often assemble in huge numbers throughout the winter in specific sites. Around sunset, they will make the most primordial sounds, often rising into the air en-masse. Willcox, AZ, USA.
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American Avocets

Just before sunset and with the combined dramatic light from an approaching storm, these avocets cut a remarkable scene! American avocets sometimes hunt in a peculiar manner. Several will walk in the shallows, side-by-side, moving their beaks in unison. The bent beaks are specialized for the tiny creatures the avocets eat.
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Flying Cranes

A trio of sandhill cranes fly across the beautiful background of the Chiricahua Mountains. Sandhill cranes often assemble in huge numbers throughout the winter in specific sites. Around sunset, they will make the most primordial sounds, often rising into the air en-masse. Willcox, AZ.
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Avocet Mirrors

What a beautiful reflection! These American Avocets were so perfectly reflected in the early morning stillness. American avocets sometimes hunt in a peculiar manner. Several will walk in the shallows, side-by-side, moving their beaks in unison. The bent beaks are specialized for the tiny creatures they eat. Willcox, AZ.
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Cooperation is Key

Naturally, these wonderful parents were both invested in the integrity of their nest, but could simply not reach an agreement on the placement of this stick. Each cattle egret wrestled with the stick, attempting to place it where they wanted. It was yanked back and forth a fair bit before finally being jammed haphazardly into the nest by both parents. Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica.

Wood Rail

Hence the name, wood rails are quite fond of damp, dark woodlands. They meander along picking off insects, spiders, and other tiny creatures with a gait that closely resembles that of a chicken. Golfito, Costa Rica.

Communal Nesting

Cattle egrets nest on dense communities called "rookeries." This enables parents to better protect their young and certainly satisfy any social desires! Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica.

Heron of the Night

In addition to unique patterning, juvenile black-crowned night herons can be distinguished from adults by their stunning orange eyes. The eyes of an adult black-crowned night heron are deep crimson. Tucson, AZ.
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Snowy Egret

The easiest way to distinguish snowy from great egrets is to look at their feet! Great egrets have black feet. These angelic wading birds often stand in the shallows, picking off small fish. Tucson, AZ.
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Spotted Sandpiper

While observing the eared grebes from my rocky outpost and between visits from the patrolling marbled godwit, I was graced with the company of this sandpiper picking off insects from the rocks. Medicine Lake Wildlife Refuge, MT.
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