***Weekly Wildlife Thread: Mar 17th - 23rd***

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***Weekly Wildlife Thread: Mar 17th - 23rd***

It's time to post your wildlife images, and view & comment on everyone else's wildlife images!

All wildlife not contained or restricted (NO Pets or Zoo Animals please).

All systems are welcome. When not Sony, please indicate the equipment used.

When posting your own images, please reply to the first post in the thread; otherwise, thread viewers using the 'threaded' view may overlook your contribution.

And please feel free to view and comment on the wildlife photos you see, to keep the thread friendly and active!

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Lots of Clear Skies, GBHs, and Sunny BIFs
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Continuing right along in the weekly thread, this time I'm back to lots of BIF shooting, plus a heavy concentration on great blue herons who were particularly active and populous in the first weeks of January, as that's prime mating and nesting time for them.

The following shots were taken on January 5th, in the beautiful late afternoon light from 4:30pm to a little after 5pm...the skies were gorgeous, mostly blue and clear but with distant high puffy clouds dotting all around, making for some surreal backdrops. That plus the late low sunlight illuminating the birds from behind make them almost look cut-and-pasted onto fake sky backgrounds...but I promise those skies were really there! Once again demonstrating how South Florida, and Wakodahatchee Wetlands in particular, really become a BIF heaven for bird photographers - I barely moved from a roughly 20-foot boardwalk section, and photographed all of the following birds in just 30 minutes of shooting time. It's almost criminal how perfect the conditions can be here for BIF shooting!

All taken with the A6300 and FE100-400mm combo as usual, and all posted at 1400 pixels on the long side if you click the originals:

A mating pair of great blue herons doing a little 'necking' as they entice each other to get busy making some eggs

A great blue heron approaching head-on towards me

Here's where the skies got really beautiful - looking slightly ENE, as the great blue heron heads towards the low afternoon sun

Meanwhile, back at the nest...the couple was still working out their foreplay routine

A lovely little blue heron made a high distant pass

Checking back in at the nest...yep, still at it!

The cattle egrets at this point hadn't quite gotten their bold mating colors going yet, but at least that cool cloudy sky made them more interesting in flight

A juvenile ibis flying low past me, as two cormorants in the distant tree don't bother to give him a glance

But soon after, another cormorant landing on their high tree gets their attention - and a little protest by the male on the right for flying in a bit too close

Here comes an ibis, and again, that cool cloudy blue sky backdrop

Flying onwards and past me, and leaving the puffy cloud balls behind

An ibis approaching the nesting trees, down low with the boardwalk visible behind him

A female anhinga on direct approach, dropping down to the tree level as the sunset colors light up the landscape

A big great egret makes a lazy pass, catching the yellow glow from the low sun and casting a shadow on his own wing

The reason BIF shooters like to burst shoot - it's not because we need a dozen shots to get a good one - it's because the less-than-1-second difference between these two shots nets you one with the wings down, and one with the wings up. You can pick the one you like best, or sometimes, you may just keep both

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Re: ***Weekly Wildlife Thread: Mar 17th - 23rd***

great blue heron venice fl

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white egert  with chicks

black crown night heron

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spotted towhee
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Re: Lots of Clear Skies, GBHs, and Sunny BIFs

Great series of shots Justin. Most people overlook the White Ibis but I think they are one of the best looking birds in flight.

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Very nice captures.

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Nice series, especially the Black Crowned Knight Heron.

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Nice capture.

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Re: ***At the Wetlands***
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Here several from the Wetlands on Thursday and Friday.

Sunrise Green Cay on Thursday

White Ibis

Killdeer

Crooked Jaw courting

Tri-colored Heron

Whistling Ducks

Green Orb

Grackle (female)

Great Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Red Wing Blackbird

River Otter

Swamp Rabbit

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Exceptional series...never have seen pics of "gators in love"

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Enjoyed the running commentary of the GBH...ours won't breed for a while yet.

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nice shots, especially the ugly babies

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This is the last set from my Cambria, CA trip in January.  A-68 and 40-400mm G2.

Elephant Seal heaven

Mom, pup and an annoying gull

A closeup of mom

Willet in the surf

Long-billed Curlew in the surf

Turkey Vulture flyby

Great Egret

Pacific Harbor Seal

Western Meadowlark

Another Turkey Vulture

Great Egret on a front porch

Eurasian Collared Doves

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Real nice shots of the towhee!  I saw one when I was in California, but wasn't quite quick enough with the camera

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Awesome as usual Rosco.  You really catch the good light getting out so early - the Ibis is just perfect!  I also really like the way you include the nice landscape.

Favorites -  the Ibis, the Killdeers (amazing grab), the spider and the RWBB (nice tail spread).

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Real nice Justin.  The late afternoon sun is icing on the cake.  The heron pair is a hoot!  Great exposures too.  Amazing that you can catch that many in flight shots in 30 minutes!  I'm lucky if I see one a week

Nice shootin!

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Nice sequence with an interesting HDR effect.

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Those chicks sort of redefine ugly!  Nice shots of the BCNH.  Haven't seen one posted here in quite a while.  In fact, I haven't seen one around my area in a long time either.

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Very nice series Ed. I need to visit the area in the future.

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