Sandhill Crane on Center Island

Sandhill Crane on Center Island

Sandhill Crane on Center Island  Sandhills seem to adapt well to their environment. They are very smart birds.  A nesting pair was standing along the road as I went by.  They waited for the traffic to clear, then crossed two lanes of a four lane highway to the center island.  This image was captured after I made a U-turn and headed back.  They were in no hurry to cross the other two lanes and seemed quite at ease with cars passing by.

Great Blue Heron Fishing

Great Blue Heron Fishing

Great Blue Heron Fishing  On my walkabouts, it’s easy to pass up species common to the area like the Great Blue Heron.  Great Blue Heron are both common and beautiful.  With changing light particularly late in the day, several images of the same heron can look quite different.  And, if the heron are accustomed to people in the area, it does not take a very long lens to capture nice images.

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird  How did I get that close with 110mm?  On a Nikon 1 V3 with a 2.7 crop factor, 110mm becomes 297mm.  Also, I was in a kayak drifting without paddling toward the bird.  The branch it’s perched upon is about 5 feet off the water.  Its nest is below it, about 2 feet off the water.  Yes, I stopped the drift and did not threaten the bird or its nest.  This bird looks like an Eastern Kingbird to me.  Certainly, I’m not a birder.  If you think it’s another type of bird, please contact me.