Welcome to Week #7 of the Bird Weekly Photo Challenge. Week #7 challenge is Any bird (your choice) in black & white or sepia tone. Post as many or little as you choose. Have fun with your settings, filters or get creative in Photoshop. Leave a splash a color if you would like as long as the majority is black and white. Upcoming challenges can be found on my Bird Weekly Challenge Page.
The feature image is a Sandhill Crane. They are a tall lanky bird often found in pairs. If a chick survives, you may see three or four together depending on whether one or both chicks make it. They are known for their dancing skills. Courting cranes stretch their wings, pump their heads, bow and leap into the air gracefully with a wonderful energetic dance.
An important fact about the wood stork is they will regurgitate water over their nestlings to keep them cool. Just like going to a water park! These birds are found along the coast in Florida, South Carolina & Georgia.
The Laughing Gull can be found at the beach mostly. I’ve actually seen flocks fly over my house in town. If you are enjoying a picnic, they will find you! The male and female will build their nest together. Talk about an equal partnership. If a male cannot find a mate, he may start building a nest platform to attract a female. Nothing wrong with having a good handyman around!
Great Blue Herons can hunt day and night because of a high percentage of rod-type photoreceptors in their eyes that improve their night vision. Move over Mr. Owl, there’s a new Sheriff in town!
The Yellow-rump Warbler tends to forage with other warblers such as the Palm, Magnolia and Black-throated Green Warblers but get aggressive around the Pine and Blackburnian Warblers. Guess there is a pecking order in the Warbler species afterall.
Black-crowned Night Herons are common in the wetlands all across North America. They do most of their feeding at night. They spend most of their day hunched on a branch or in trees at the water’s edge. They are easy to find if you know where to look and a wonderfully photogenic!
Tricolored Herons are sneaky and while fishing, they will sneak up behind Double-crested Cormorants or Pied-billed Grebes snapping up fish they stir up. The juvenile (teenagers) are much like human teens…they will often lunge and snap at their parents when they arrive with food. To appease the youngsters, the parents greet them with a bow. This isn’t the only species that does this, but was worth a mention.
Until next week…Week #8 – Birds at the Feeder.