Floating past a log in the the middle of the James River, I noticed this immature Green Heron. At first I thought it was funny the heron wasn’t perched on the end of the log waiting for a small fish to swim by.
Dragonflies spend most of their lives, sometimes years, in the nymph stage. During that time they live in the water and feed on other insects and even small fish and tadpoles.
Great Blue Herons seem to get all the attention. Probably because they are so large and conspicuous. Green Heron’s are not nearly as easy to spot and I would guess most non-birders probably couldn’t identify them on sight.
During my Rivanna River float, earlier this summer, my Pentax went for an unexpected swim. Clearly not what any nature photographer wants to happen but things don’t always go as planned. Thankfully I saw the camera fall into the river and pulled it out before it had time to sink too far below the surface. For the rest of the trip I was left shooting with my iPhone and had the camera out in the sun to dry. Continue reading “Butterfly On The Camera”
A Great Blue Heron was flying up the Rivanna River as friends and I were floating the down it. Continue reading “Watching Over The River”
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.