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Tuesday, June 28, 2011


       Night Herons In Flight boom boom Afternoon Delight!

  Fretting about light is the nature photographers constant gripe. That and the fact that our subjects don't keep appointments, are notoriously short tempered, and inclined to stomp off just when your ready for business. In contrast, the Night heron  doing duty in the header photo was a remarkably pleasant and cooperative client and I was grateful to get pictures of him in a contemplative mood pond side and then later, in the air, where it flew nearly as gracefully as a gull. The delightful afternoon sun was high and blazing when we chanced upon each other. Without a perfect angle harsh shadows would have thrown otherwise wonderful takes into a yin yang debacle of darkness and light. This little road side pond was perfectly placed to let me roll up in the car and snag nicely lit pictures of the Night heron and also a Great egret. To view a few extra pond pictures click here. 
Bird photography is a solitary passion that requires your eye to be pasted to the rear end of a black box. Directing the action is not an option generally. This day I had the consummate assistant in the form of a Red Winged black bird who stirred the air and kept the big birds riled up just enough to ignore what is often a cameraman's obtrusive, mood killing presence.

  Have you, like this Night heron, ever been pursued by an adversary who is not a physical threat but rather an annoying constant companion like the yapping dog next door, hiccups, or perhaps a bubble gum melody that clings to your subconscious like a blood thirsty tick? The Starland Vocal Bands hit record Afternoon Delight is like that for me. If I hear just one note of it I'm doomed to have it's unholy little hook running on my mental Mp3 player for days.
  Unfortunately, when I rolled the title for this post around in my mind the rhythm of Night Herons in Flight pinged Skyrockets in Flight and like a tuning fork I was shaking with it. 
  As Mother would intone, "An itch that can't be scratched!"

  "Thinkin' of you's workin' up my appetite!"  You won't find Night heron on the list of ingredients for a authentic Jambalaya but such was not always the case in and around the Mississippi delta. Audubon wrote of the culinary qualities of the Night heron in 1840. Perhaps a good Cajun meal was on the mind of our little Red-winged blackbird too!

"The young(Night herons) are quite as good for eating as those of the common pigeon, being tender, juicy, and fat, with very little of the fishy taste of many birds which, like them, feed on fishes and reptiles. In the neighborhood of New Orleans, and along the Mississippi as far up as Natchez, the shooting of this species is a favorite occupation with the planters, who represent it as equaling any other bird in the delicacy of its flesh."

Please except my deepest and most sincere apologies to anyone who now has Afternoon Delight stuck in their head because of me. That was not my intention!   ;-)WBW

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  1. Great sequence of photos!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  2. Nice photos and an enjoyable read, Springman! I like your analogy of the red-winged blackbird, and your title made me laugh. Good stuff!

  3. Superb flight shots.
    Hard enough to get one; and you dish up two in the same frame lol Excellent!

  4. That third shot is spot on. A wonderful set of photos.

  5. oh it TOTALLY was!!! you just want to share your pain! thanks!

    LOVE those shots, even if they came dosed with an evil, mind-bullet melody!

  6. Amazing shots! Two cool birds, I love it!

  7. Yes, now I do have that song rolling around in my head. LOL! Awesome shots, love the night heron being chased by the RW Blackbird.

  8. Wowee! Lucky you being able to call up a backup distraction of that calibre.
    Great shots indeed but happily not for you Jumbalaya pot.

  9. Yes, I do have that song embedded in my brain, but at least it replaced the theme song from Gilligan's Island - I don't even know where that came from!
    Your photographs are wonderful and the Night Heron is such a cool-looking bird! I love the RWBlackbird too!

  10. Springman, great series of shots. We have some Night Herons that winter at a local Sanctuary. I count myself lucky if I can get them with their eyes open!
    I couldn't for the life of me consider shooting one. I'm glad we don't do that any more. Or I hope we don't!
    Have a great afternoon delight...

  11. Springman, you never cease to amaze me! This is an outstanding sequence, the captures are superb! Great great job.

  12. A superb series of flight shots... so sharp

  13. Hiya,
    I'm clean out of birds this week. Sorry. But my contribution does fly. Hope that counts ;-)
    Another fabulous linguistic dish you served up. Requires re-reading, to take it all in.

  14. Okay, you're showing your age with that title! Nice flight shots.

  15. love it, such gorgeous shots. And with the little annoying one at the tail. I would have been happy for months for shots like that. :)

  16. What an incredible series of the Black-crowned Night-Heron Dave! These flight shots are fantastic! I love the last three with the Red-winged Blackbird in hot pursuit! The header shot is gorgeous BTW ;-)

  17. OH thanks for the "mind Worm" now eating away at my subconscious...I always liked that song too! Well Ive never seen a RWBB attack like that so surprises abound. Your photos are so detailed and very beautiful!!
    Ill be around tomorrow to read everyones posts..
    Happy Birding!

  18. Your pictures are purely awesome! I'm so envious!

  19. What exciting captures of the Red-wing chasing the Heron! Your flight shots are always awesome.
    Thanks for the song.Ha!

  20. Hi there - that is a great set of pictures! Cant say much more than that - just great.

    Cant promise many more parrots - am running out of local species and decent pictures!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

  21. Great images! Wow. Very impressive shots. Wonderful post.

  22. The Night Heron looks slightly harassed in the last photo *snicker*
    Gorgeous photos! I envy you for the great light (and your obviously great lens as well :P)
    My gripe are song snippets too. Currently it's a 'tune' from hubby's game *sigh*.

  23. Sensational captures of the Black-crowned Night Heron Dave!

  24. Your photos leave me ... speechless

  25. You are forgiven for the tune in my head because of the beautiful, absolutely beautiful pictures. Thank you so much. It is funny to see little birds harass the bigger ones -- and I really liked how you compared it to our little nitty human annoyances (even though you did use THAT song!)

  26. What can I say that the other in the choir did not? Your shots - as always perfect in all ways, your text - as always rich, sublime and humoristic - such a great pleasure to be here. I did not join this time becouse of our trip in West Cost of Norway - but I am comming back!