Shorebirds in Winter

Many birds in winter, especially shorebirds tend to lose their colorful plumage, a process known as molting, and look rather drab.   It is this lack of distinguishing features that makes identification rather challenging when you spot a flock of winter shorebirds.   I’ve tried to capture a few shots of shorebirds for this post….

Song of the Dickcissel

A small sparrow like bird that wears a distinct black bow tie and has shiny yellow breast -the Dickcissel is a remarkably gifted singer whose musical notes waft in the summer air over prairies and grasslands! Although I’ve seen and heard the Dickcissel several times, I was able to get some decent pictures recently while…

In deep meditation

Hummingbirds are busybodies in constant motion all the time or so it seems, flapping their wings at supersonic speeds of 50 beats/sec on average!  They are absolutely fascinating to watch, flying forwards and backwards with equal ease, and it is quite challenging to capture their stunts on camera!   But even hummingbirds have to rest periodically…

Roseate Spoonbill -Winning Entry

Roseate spoonbills are an absolute treat to watch -gorgeous in stunning pink, these birds are mostly found in southeastern US.   They are often mistaken for flamingoes, but can be easily recognized by their signature bills which are uniquely shaped and hence the name!   I’ve photographed a few of these birds in the past,…

Against the backdrop of Fall foliage

  This autumn has been exceedingly pleasant despite the heated rhetoric on both sides that may lead to the winter of our discontent!  I’ve tried to capitalize on this Indian Summer and take in the beauty of the natural landscape.  As the leaves begin to transform and display their rich hues before falling off, the…

Iridescent Starlings

You might have seen a flock of birds swoop down over a corn field or a meadow and then quickly change patterns and fly chaotically in a zigzag motion.  In fact this peculiar behavior by these birds has been the subject of fascination not just for birdwatchers but for scientists as well, who call it…

Prey vs Predator

Despite its name, the Yellow-Crowned Night-heron (YCNH) forages during the day as well as night and is found mostly in the coastal regions of the Southeast.   Typically a solitary creature, it loves to feed on crustaceans, with crab delicacy an all time favorite.   I chanced upon this juvenile YCNH that appeared to catch…

Spring at last!

Spring has been playing hide and seek this season and I finally managed to get a glimpse of migratory birds at the Celery Bog…    

Fishing 101

It was dusk and the sun was setting in the horizon when I noticed this Little Blue Heron intently gazing at something.  I wasn’t expecting any action when all of a sudden it spread its wings in its classic pose before striking gold!

Yoga on the Beach

This Willet goes into deep meditation while performing the one-leg pose or Ekapada-pranamasana!