Saturday, August 9, 2008

Camera Critters #18

Camera Critters by Misty Dawn, go here to see who's participating.

The Shore Birds of Florida:
My brother-in-law took me down to the Gulf to see what we would see. I saw a group of Seagulls and went onto the sand to investigate.
Some of them took-off as I approached slowly.
There were some brave ones standing their ground.
I zoomed in on this female and was surprised what I saw.
There was a Willet in with that seagull bunch. What an extra nice surprise.
My brother-in-law told me about these big grey birds that came into their yard. They never showed up the whole time we were there. They showed up when my brother-in law returned from the airport. I figured they were Great Blue Herons and was surprised when he sent me these photos. they are a pair of Sand Hill Cranes.
They are a beautiful bird.
They put on a good show for him.
I was happy with his results.

46 comments:

kjpweb said...

Oh cool - a Willet! Wonderful! Your storks however aren't storks. These are Florida Sandhill Cranes. Not all Sandhill Cranes migrate - and Florida has it's own population that stays there all year. They look the same as their cousins, that fly up to the Arctic regions in Summer and winter in Florida, but they are a little bit smaller...
Good shots!
Cheers, Klaus

Beckynsc said...

Well, whatever kind of birds they are, those are some great shots! I got a couple of decent pictures while in Charleston, SC. But none in comparison to yours. I gotta get a better camera! (sigh)

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Cool shots of the Sandhill Cranes, and of the other birds. Have never seen this sort of crane, nor a Willet, either. Nice to know what they look like.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Willets and Sandhill cranes are two birds I've never seen, so thnaks for posting them, FG!

ratmammy said...

great photos!

bobbie said...

Wonderful! The willet is great, and the cranes are really special.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

I love the seagull in flight. I never get to see the seagulls here unless I get out to the huge lakes about 5 hours from here so even when people despise them, I actually get excited when I see them because it's a rarity to spot them out in the mountains.
The Cranes are also awesome as well!!

david mcmahon said...

I really enjoyed your ``holy cow'' comment.

Very interesting to see cranes in your post, too.

tipper said...

The willet is my favorite-but they're all great pics!

Tammy said...

Nice birds, but my son likes the picture in your sidebar on you fishing the best. He's 3 and loves going fishing. ;o)

SandyCarlson said...

You sure did a great job getting these. What lovely bathing beauties.

AppleDebbie said...

Your photos make me want to take a trip down to the beach. The Sandhill Cranes are really beautiful... thanks for sharing!

Kittilicious said...

Great shot of the one in flight!!!

Enjoyed as usual :)

Faye Pekas said...

Thats the first willet I've seen (or heard of). The cranes are amazing. What a treat it would be to have those guys land in your yard.

me ann my camera said...

I like the Sandhill Cranes, I haven't seen this species often but my first sighting was in one of the Carolinas. Nice pictures and how nice for the opportunity to go to the coastal area.

I like your music choices also;I just visited and listened to them for a while.
ann

Misty Dawn said...

AWESOME! I love the Willet - I don't think I've ever seen one before. And, those cranes....... AWESOME! Absolutely AWESOME!

roentarre said...

So vivid and beautiful. Good series of photos

shutterhappyjenn said...

Great, great, great pictures! I love the second to the last picture.

babooshka said...

It really is a good critter's for me , just so many birds. Great collection.

i beati said...

Where does your brother live??I live in a nesting area for sandhills also spring lake sandy

Gina said...

Stunning great blue herons..and I haven't come across willets before..are they a rare species? we have several endangered shore birds here..mostly due to loss of habitat and dogs/cats.. :D

b13 said...

Very cool pictures. There is something about birds in flight that amazes me :)

Carletta said...

You and your brother-in-law got some really great pictures Fishing Guy!

Indrani said...

Lucky to be living so close to these winged creatures. Awesome shots all of them.

People with Cameras said...

Those are very cool photos. Don't think I've ever seen that type of bird before.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

very graceful birds

Blue said...

Great bird photo's.
I remember seeing Sandhill cranes on their migration over Saskatchewan, Canada in the early Spring.

The Texican said...

Very nice. Pappy

Warren Baker said...

Hi Fishing Guy,
Nice bird pics.
I once saw a documentary on sandhill cranes, fascinating birds.

B. Roan said...

Love the series of shots, and the music! I especially liked the seagull in flight.

Texas Travelers said...

I somehow missed this the other day.
Great post and we always love birds.

Come visit our critters. It right below this mornings post on "the Trip"

Troy

Teena in Toronto said...

Nice action shots!

I played too :)

Jack and Joann said...

I like how you tell a story with your pictures. Some of these could be edited into children's picture books on nature. Just a thought.

Gretchen said...

My contribution to the meme is a lot like yours is today. :)

RazorFamilyFarms said...

I think you should turn this blog posts (and the others you've done like it) into a book for children or a coffee table book. The photos and that great way that you describe them is a joy to read!

Blessings!
Lacy

RazorFamilyFarms.com

KOSTAS said...

Congratuletions! Splendid photographs with beloved subjects!

Kelly said...

Wonderful pictures of the cranes! Great photos!

Beau Femme said...

WOW! Those are lovely shots of birds. Ohh, I have to come visit Florida someday, I guess.

Really a wonderful shots, love it!

CrazyCath said...

Wonderful shots. I love the bird in flight.

Ashrunner said...

Sandhill Cranes for yard birds! Wow! I have to travel a 100 miles or so just to hope to see one...hehehe.

The Birdlady said...

A willet! What a great surprise. Great post!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Great photos! Must be nice to have something like those cranes to show up in your own yard. Wow!

Shionge said...

I'm so curious now FG, don't they run away when you approach them? What a lovely close-up!

Christy said...

Very beautiful pictures of the birds. Such great sightings.

Tarzan said...

Awesome pics, have not seen a willet before. Am just starting out with shorebirds. Havwe got a few good shots of shorebirds but still waiting for my new lense.

Lapa37 said...

Some beautiful birds you have there and they sure are a bunch of posers.