Thursday, July 26, 2012

Excitement

As many of you know, my DBF Jon is an amateur birding enthusiast. Last weekend, he asked if I wanted to accompany him on a search for a yellow-crowned night heron, a bird that is apparently unusual in our part of the world (northern Illinois). After I agreed, he told me we'd have about a two hour drive to a certain park to see this fine fellow. It's possible, he said, that the bird might not even be there any more, although numerous posts from a bird forum he follows reported sightings all summer.

Off we drove, and you can imagine his excitement when, not five minutes after parking the car, we spotted this beautiful bird. The bird seemed rather calm and we were able to cautiously approach and take several photos. The bird doesn't look too excited, but we were, at our success.

After our bird outing, we switched gears and drove to a Fry's Electronics - MY idea of excitement!

11 comments:

  1. Beautiful bird and did you pick up any new toys?

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  2. Fantastic capture! Beautiful bird with a intriguing reflection in the sparkling water.

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  3. Hi Val,
    He/she is beautiful! Wonderful shot you took of him/her. Have a great day!

    Sherrie

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  4. Birds are real good at hiding their excitement Val but I am sure it was thrilled to see you and John!

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  5. i would have been jumping up and down and probably would have scared it away lol Awesome capture and I am excited for the both of you! What a beauty1!

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  6. Now that is timing! Love the composition.

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  7. You got there at the right time to capture this guy!! Fry's can be fun if it's followed by a big truck delivering something!!

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  8. What a thrill! A great image too, the eyes are awesome

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  9. Great capture! Love the reflection ..

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  10. what an amazing bird, and photo~such huge eyes!

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  11. Am glad you were so successful in your "wild heron chase"! It is a beauty!

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