This picture captures the morning. You can see the fog, which rolled in quite suddenly the previous afternoon (while I was enjoying an ice cream cone...Cake Batter flavored ice cream is *awesome*). You can see one chunk of my photography gear. This stuff is so new, and I am so inexperienced with it, that I feel funny just saying "photography gear". And that vain Great Egret is in the scene, just about to fly away. He actually flew to the near bank, towards me, and posed some more.
American Goldfinch. He is slightly fuzzy because I was about forty three miles away from him and my biggest lense was just not good enough in this situation. One step closer and the bird would fly away. Sounds like an excuse to spend more money on photography equipment. The second image is a similar picture, just not cropped. It should give you an idea of the distance between the camera and the bird.
This is a Great Blue Heron. My friend Rich once told me that if you grabbed one by the bill, it would become very docile and could then be worn over your shoulders in the event you were chilly. Rich is never chilly.
A Northern Bobwhite was grazing by the side of the Wildlife Loop. This picture was taken by my girlfriend Tammy. The bird was on the passenger side and I was driving. She did pretty well considering that I stopped the car while pointing at the bird and uttering "oooh! oooh!". Somehow she knew the translation of that mumbo jumbo was "Take a picture of that bird with the camera you are holding for me!".
Only a few people were annoyed with me while I stopped traffic on the Chincoteague Wildlife Loop to take this picture from my car. This is a Black-crowned Night-Heron. He has cool eyes.
In the first picture there are three Ibis. The two on the right are Glossy Ibis. The one on the left is White-faced Ibis. Compare how far the white skin goes around the eye, the tone (gray vs. pink) of the skin between the eye and the bill, and the color of the legs. In the second picture, there is a White-faced Ibis all by his lonesome. Note the reddish eye.
A Black Skimmer doing what Black Skimmers do. Tammy may have taken this picture. I know if I did, then I got lucky. I was struggling with big lense, auto-focus and tripod.
There must be something pretty tasty in there. The white birds are Snowy Egrets. The dark birds are Glossy Ibis. There may be one White-faced Ibis in there (the right most dark bird), but its face is obscured, so it is hard to say for sure.