Monday, January 23, 2012

The birds...



I have been struggling with how to organize the hundreds of photos I took on our recent trip to South Carolina and Georgia.  While I’m still not sure I have a handle on it, I think I will kind of start in alphabetical order.  That means, I am going to post a few bird pics today. 

We saw all these birds in and around Charleston, SC.  None of these birds is particularly exotic, but they all were more than happy to pose for me, so I was more than glad to capture them in my camera. 
 
If you’re ever in Charleston and if you like birds, I would recommend a visit to Magnolia Cemetery where there are lots of water birds and to Folly Beach where the pigeons and grackles line up just waiting for you to take their picture.

A Brown Grackle gets away with something.

Blue Heron...mallard in the background.

Confirmed:  A Blue Heron

An Egret admires his good looks.

Not sure about these geese either.
Who says pigeons aren't good looking?


The Grackle
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27 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

the green heron is a great blue, in my opinion. :) i love the GBH and mallard photo - very dreamy. and that orange pigeon is gorgeous!!!

are those gray geese? i like their short bills.

Tammy said...

Looks like you had some awesome sightings...dare I say, I think I like that first pigeon shot the best...and that is saying a lot as I am a huge fan of the GBH!

Gina Kleinworth said...

Beautiful- I love that you were able to capture them all in this way. They don't seem to know you are there at all.

barbara l. hale said...

Thanks! On second thought, I think that Green Heron is a Blue Heron. I think the fact that his neck is so folded threw me off. Still...

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Great shots! Thank you for sharing!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Those geese look very much like our Toulouse geese, Barbara -- only the markings on ours aren't as pronounced.

Superb captures -- love that grackle. :)

heyBJK said...

Beautiful photos, Barbara! Those pigeon shots are awesome - love the colors! That second heron is indeed a Great Blue Heron.

Debbie said...

AWESOME captures.....lovin' the pigeons pretty purple necklace!!

organize pictures?!?! that's always on my to do list!!

wheatgerm said...

great bird photos

Sandra said...

the pigeons are my favorite today, they are so beautiful and the grackle is super shot, black birds are hard to capture detail and you did it.

Andrew said...

Wonderful images of all your beautiful wildlife..
I have pigeons in my garden..they are my garden hoovers cleaning up the seeds dropped from my feeders..

Slimbolala said...

Lovely. I've been on a bit of a bird kick myself recently. Keep snapping!

Love for Food and Photography said...

they are all awesome! you've been lucky and happy there :-)

eileeninmd said...

Folly beach sounds like a great idea to hang out and do some birding. I love all the birds and the pigeons are gorgeous colors. Beautiful photos.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Pigeons are cool and get no respect! Great pictures of those guys. I like the water drop off the heron's beak. Well done.

Gary said...

Fun post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

mick said...

An interesting series of birds and great photos.

Carletta said...

A wonderful series!
I love the second pigeon image. The color of its feathers and that blue background is lovely!!!

Carole M. said...

enjoyed each and every one; lovely.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - the gloss on the grackle is great. And I think pigeons are a much overlooked bird!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Springman said...

Excellent captures Barb! Lovely to see these sun filled photos. Can't wait to see more!

joo said...

Pigeons are beautiful, actually:)

Hilke Breder said...

You have a real gift, Barbara, a great eye for capturing the right moments! Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

Arija said...

Exciting when you get so many bird shots it takes a fair amount of sorting to get them into a semblance of order.
That last shot of the grackle is superb as is the cute red-brown pigeon.

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful captures! I love the pair of geese on the bank.

Larry said...

These are great bird shots Barbara! And you're right, pigeons are beautiful!

Kerri said...

Oh my goodness ..... these are AWESOME!