Osprey In Flight

photograph of an Osprey in flight, copyright 2016 by Doug Couvillion

This is the same Osprey I photographed and featured on the blog a few months ago under the title “Osprey Hovering In Flight“.  It was much closer when I took this picture, revealing much more detail.  Please click the image to see a larger version of it.

Flying Along The River Bank

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Great Blue Heron’s never hang around long once they notice you’re paying attention to them.  I paddled past this one at a distance and ignored it until I got close enough to snap a few pictures.

Osprey Hovering In Flight

photograph of an Osprey hovering in flight, copyright 2016 by Doug Couvillion

Osprey’s are one of many fishing birds that will hover in mid-air when they see a potential meal.  To stop themselves they push their wings forward which creates the dramatic shape displayed here.

If you click on the image, above, you can see a larger version of the photo, which shows more detail.

Just Above The Waves

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I love watching pelicans glide effortlessly over the ocean.  They hang in the air, sometimes just inches off the water, bobbing up and down with the passing waves.

Grackle In The Surf

photograph of a Grackle in the surf in Corolla, NC, USA, copyright 2016 by Doug Couvillion

This Grackle seems to have learned a few things from the Sanderlings on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.  It waited for the waves to bring tiny mollusks and crustaceans into the shore and then tried to catch them before they dug into the sand.  I captured this image just as the Grackle realized the wave was a little too big.

House Finch, Snowy Day, I

photograph of a male house finch on a snowy day

This weekend we had spring-like temperatures making it hard to believe I took this photo only about a week ago.  This male House Finch made for a colorful subject with the snowy white background.

Young Hawk Watching The River

photograph of a young hawk perched in a tree on the Rappahannock River in Virginia

This young hawk, perched high above the Rappahannock River was carefully watching everything going on below it.

I’ve had trouble identifying this hawk. I believe it’s a juvenile Red-Shouldered Hawk but if anybody knows differently I would appreciate your thoughts.