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Water Dance

WaterDance

EgretFlying

Photos Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I spotted this Great Egret in a nearby pond this afternoon. I was happy to capture the moment it took flight from the water as well as when it flew overhead. It’s amazing how light and perspective can change the look and feel of a photograph. These photos were taken seconds apart :)

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.

A Unique Look

Stylin

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

This Cedar Waxwing had a look quite different from its companions, lol. With the daring hairstyle and at first glance the appearance of sunglasses, a statement of individuality was being made :)

Colorful Bird

CedarWaxwing

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

This Cedar Waxwing was preoccupied with searching for insects over a pond in Zeeland, Michigan yesterday and didn’t seem to mind my close approach. I was happy to get this photo with my Canon 200mm F-2.8 L lens.

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.

Seizing the Light, Arresting Flight

SweetFlight

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

“I have seized the light. I have arrested its flight.” – French scientist Louis Daguerre 1839 –   This quote seemed appropriate on several levels for the photo I took toward sunset yesterday in a wetland area of Zeeland, Michigan. I froze the Cedar Waxwing in flight, while it was lit with golden light. Daguerre is perhaps the most well known father of photography, having created the daguerreotype (French: daguerréotype) process in 1839. (Click on the image for an enlarged more detailed version).

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