Welcome to Week #40 of the Bird Weekly Photo Challenge. Week #40 challenge is birds in black & white, sepia, monotone or you can add a bit of selective color. Your choice of birds this week. I aligned this with Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week in case you wanted to add any flying birds to this challenge. Cee’s theme is Anything in Fight. Also, Terri with Sunday Stills offered a theme of Best Black and White Photos on 3/14 and her challenge runs until Saturday if you want to link to her challenge as well.
I am taking the week of March 28th off, so no Bird Weekly on April 2nd. Frank and I will be celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary that week and will likely be out birding since we are not getting on an airplane anytime soon.
The feature image is a Snowy Egret staring me down.
Your photos can be in black & white, sepia, monotone or with selective color. Some of my photos this week have been in other blogs, not necessarily Bird Weekly, but are being shared again here specifically for this challenge. I’ve shared some of my past favorites in the slideshow.
Frank and I went on a picnic a few weeks ago. The sun was shining, the temperatures were mild with a light breeze. We set up our folding shares and table in front of the pond on the outskirts of a disk golf course. While eating our pizza that we had picked up at our favorite Italian restaurant across the street from the park, a Red-shouldered Hawk flew in and landed on the soccer field fence. I eyed them, but continued to eat my lunch. A second one flew in and landed on the fence. So now, we have a pair. It is approaching spring after all. Once I finished my meal, I decided to walk over closer, but not too close to get a better shot. The female hawk wasn’t fazed. The male hawk was ticked off and flew off screaming at me. This shot is zoomed in using my 200mm lens and cropped in post production. I was not that close to this bird. I don’t believe in disturbing them, but I must have interfered with his courting. He didn’t go far. Landed on top of a light pole behind where we were sitting. After we packed up and began to drive off, the male flew back to the fence where the female never left.
This Little Blue Heron and Ruddy Turnstones were hoping to get some dropped shrimp from the fishermen on the pier. They allowed me to photograph them before the heron flew off. He circled and came back landing on a different part of the dock.
Osprey build their nests in high manmade structures such as cell towers and utility companies. As long as there is a body of water nearby. This photo was taken along Osprey Trail at Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin, Florida. The park is just north of Clearwater on a barrier island. If you ever visit the Tampa Bay area, please put this on your bucket list. Honeymoon Island offers beautiful sand beaches, incredible sunsets and some great birding.
This Great Egret was coming in for a landing at a nest site at the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Florida. Since they are colonial nesters, the Alligator Farm rookery offers much protection and many birds group together to raise their young. In the Spring, as in now…the sounds and visual is unbelievable. Birds are everywhere almost on top of each other.
Laughing Gulls are not shy once they get used to you. If you have a tantalizing bag of Lays Potato Chips, they overcome their shyness quickly. We don’t feed them, but if we accidently drop some crumbs in the sand while having lunch at the beach, well they get lucky. We don’t allow them to come close until we have finished our picnic. Once the food is packed up, they can get as close as they want to scour for anything that flew off our plate or we dropped. Just like a bloodhound, the gulls are on it! Provides a great photo opportunity when they get brave enough to step up.
The one and only time I have seen the Phainopepla is at Floyd Lamb Park just north of the Las Vegas strip. The giddiness in my step was like a little kid at Christmas. Non bird people would just see a black bird…no big deal. Not me! This photo is proof of a life bird added to my growing list.
The sunlight shined through the branches of this oak tree perfectly to highlight this Red-bellied Woodpecker as he or she performed the acrobatic techniques to picking the insects out of the tree limbs. Seen down the trail behind the restrooms near the tower at St. Marks Wildlife Refuge
Black Vultures make a great black & white photo because they are already black. Add a white dirt road and you have perfect contrast! These juvvies were hoping along one of the driving trails at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. They never took flight and we had to be cautious and drive slowly to get them to part the ways. Kids being kids and trying to figure out life.
My wooden seabirds that are part of my house decor. These little birds help me with my mental attitude when I can’t be at the beach.
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Next time…Week #41 – Reflections as in a mirror reflection of the bird and itself. Your choice of birds!