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Alone in a Tree

HeronTree

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I spotted this Green Heron as it was perched in a tree located near a wetland area in Ottawa County, Michigan. The sun was low in the sky and illuminated its feathers. It was hot at 90 degrees and very humid at the time.

Balancing Act

DuckDisplay

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this duck relaxing on the railing of a bridge at a local wetland a few days ago. It decided to stretch its wings one at a time while balancing on the opposite leg. I caught the moment before it decided to fly to the water to swim.

Standing Watch

Heron_Bridge

 

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this Great Blue Heron today watching for prey over a local pond. Fish are among its favorite foods along with frogs. Both are in abundance at the pond it was searching.

 

 

Spectacle in the Air

FlyHeron

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I was happy to get very close to this Great Blue Heron today as it was flying in a local wetland area. I saw three more nearby, but this was my favorite flight photo from today. (click on this or any of my images to see an enlarged more detailed version)

Peace Among the Green

Green_Duck

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

The waters of a local pond reflected the surrounding green foliage as I found this duck floating peacefully among lily pads today.

Hawk Flight

Hawk1

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

This hawk flew in front of me recently near a wooded area in Zeeland, Michigan. I don’t remember seeing one like this in my travels. My best guess would be a Cooper’s Hawk which prefer to hunt in forested areas.

Stealing the Spotlight

GreenHeron1

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

As I was photographing some cedar waxwing birds in a wetland area of Zeeland, Michigan today, this green heron decided it would steal the spotlight by flying directly over me. The waxwings took a back seat to the beauty of the heron as I moved my lens up quickly and focused in the moment it displayed its wings outstretched. (click on this and any of my photos to see an enlarged more detailed version)

Winged Tiger

GreatHornedOwl1

Photo Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

As I walked near sunset yesterday in a West Michigan wetland area, I noticed this Great Horned Owl watching me. They were known as Winged Tigers by early naturalists. (they were also called Hoot Owls and Tiger Owls). This one looked to be about 25 inches tall (63.5 cm). I was happy I had my camera with me :) (Click on the image to see an enlarged more detailed version)

Eye of the Killdeer

KillDeerFlight

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I have another bird in flight shot I’m posting of a Killdeer I found in Holland, Michigan a while ago. I liked the colorful eye that it displayed as it flew by me and the catchlight from the sun reflecting there. (click on this or any of my images to see an enlarged more detailed version)

Eagle Flight

EagleFlying

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I caught this American Bald Eagle in flight a while back in the skies of West Michigan. It wasn’t far from its nest and I was happy for the opportunity to capture the moment.

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