Mixed Bag 2

I recently spent some time on the north shore of Iskotpoga Lake. Don’t ask me how to pronounce that name. I say it phonetically and hope I’m close. I was lucky enough to get two wonderful photos of birds, hunting along the shore.

In the first is a tricolor heron. This one got a LOT of likes in one of the photo forums I’m on, although a friend suggested I get rid of the phallic cypress knee in the center. Hell no! I thought it made the shot. πŸ™‚ Also, it is illegal to cut a cypress knee on state property, so why would I remove it from a photo? Heh.

In the second, an ibis has joined the tricolor heron. They seem not to mind hunting the same area. There was no hissing, spitting, or pecking at one another. πŸ˜‰ That tells me there’s enough food to go around.

In my backyard I saw a small bird. It was backlighted, so I didn’t know what it was, but I took pics of it anyway. Post-processing brought out color and detail, and I identified it as a Great Crested Flycatcher. He even has the crest up in the shot.

One day later I got another pic of him in better light. No raised crest this time. You’d think with “great” in their name, they’d be big birds, right? Nope. Tiny. They are smaller than robins. They like open woodlots and seem to perch anywhere but in trees.

How about another shot of a magnolia blossom? They are huge and smell terrific.

See you next time.

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2 Responses to Mixed Bag 2

  1. The bird photos, especially, are gorgeous! The first one, in particular, looks almost like a painting! 😊

    • Fenraven says:

      Thanks, Pam. πŸ™‚ I was amazed at how well all the bird photos came out. In the first two, I was sitting on a boardwalk across a wide stretch of water, and they were very far away. The crested flycatcher is a small bird, and it was also far away. Aren’t cameras amazing? They open up a whole world to our human eyes.

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