Cormorants and Catfish

One of these neotropic cormorants snagged a catfish that was entirely too big to be swallowed in one try. Naturally, this drew the attention of a second cormorant who was able to steal the catch. This, of course, attracted a third and forth cormorant to the scene. By the time one of the birds finally managed to swallow the very dead fish, it had passed between 6 different cormorants over the course of nearly two minutes and amidst much splashing, flailing, and biting. Gilbert, AZ, USA.
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Green Heron in a Green Swamp

A green heron spearing fish from it's shadowy perch. Look closely, and you may notice something grasped in it's bill. Photo taken near Harrisburg, PA, USA.
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Great Blue Heron

Relaxing peacefully at the edge of a frozen pond, this great blue heron made the perfect photography subject! Photographed in Lewisburg, PA, USA.
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Wing Waving

America's quintessential duck, the mallard can be seen just about anywhere with a body of water. This fellow seemed to be conducting an orchestra. Photographed near Lewisburg, PA, USA.
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Mallard Flight

As this mallard duck drake flies toward me, his beautiful head coloration and the subtle water droplets on it’s chest are vividly displayed. Photographed in Lewisburg, PA, USA.
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Morning Swim With the Family

A mother wood duck guides her family away from the shore, and perceived danger of my camera. This made for an adorable black/white shot! Photographed at John Heintz NWR, PA, USA.

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Fast Food

Scooping a small fish from the water as it flies by, this snowy egret’s meal was prepared much faster than any happy meal! Take note of the fish on it’s way down the egret's beak. Photo taken at Stephen C. Foster State Park, GA, USA.
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Horned Grebe

A horned grebe drake, showing off his striking breeding plumage. Two of these handsome devils spent some time fishing directly in front of me. Photo taken at Montour Preserve, PA, USA.
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Crane Silhouettes

Introducing the winner of Nat Geo Yourshot's "Photo of the Day." Silhouetted by the setting sun, a flock of sandhill cranes moves to their roosting spots for the night. Willcox, AZ, USA.
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Sandhill Cranes

These large, incredible birds will overwinter en-masse at a few specific locations across the US. Soon before spring is under way, they disperse to summer breeding grounds. Willcox, AZ.
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Sora

One of the strangest birds you may encounter, meet the Sora. This unusual water bird looks like a cross between a duck and a chicken, and will readily masquerade as either. Photo taken in Tucson, AZ, USA.
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Pied Grebe

When exhibiting the right facial expression, these adorable little divers can actually look quite sinister. Pied grebe photographed in Tucson, AZ, USA.
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Cinnamon Teal

One of the most brilliant ducks to be encountered in the US, this shy species sometimes hesitates to have it's picture taken. Tucson, AZ
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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!
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Night Heron

A black-crowned night heron among the brush. This meal was far to hefty to down in one swallow, so the bird meandered into cover to consume it's breakfast in private.
Tucson, AZ.
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Which species might you expect to see on a pond, or perhaps hidden among the reeds of a wetland? Ducks, cranes, and herons, of course! This album will heavily represent such species, in addition to a few unusual ones.