Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

Little Owl And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings...
John Gillespie Magee, 1922-1941

Birds can be frustrating creatures to photograph. I have many, many images of waterbirds swimming away from me, unhurriedly, and yet somehow they are out of range before I can properly focus! They are an expensive undertaking as well, your longest lens is always just that little bit too short. I suppose the difficulties are what makes a successful shot so satisfying.

Tricolored Heron
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Snowy Egret Little Owl
Whooping Cranes in flight Nicobar Pigeon
Barn Owl Barn Owl
Reddish Egret canopy feeding Reddish Egret canopy feeding Reddish Egret canopy feeding
Great Egret rookery Great Egrets courting
Skimmer Skimmers
Arctic Tern Green Jay
Great Blue Heron, territorial display Great Blue Heron
White Ibis White Ibis taking off
Nesting Kittiwakes Nesting seabirds
Osprey female landing on nest Osprey male Osprey male in flight
Tricolored Heron Tricolored heron Tricolored Heron
female blue-winged teal (anas discors) Blue Winged Teal
Little Blue Heron Little Blue Heron
Puffin with Sand Eels Puffin taking off from the water
Eider Duck Red Whiskered Bulbul
Red Tailed Hawk Red tailed Hawk in flight
Redhead Duck three geese
Roseate spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) Roseate Spoonbills
Great Crested Grebe Sandpipers
Barred Owl Red Shouldered Hawk
Shag chick begging for food Shag chick being fed
Meadow Pipit Red winged blackbird
Yellow Crowned Night Heron Green Heron
White Faced Ibis Guillemots
Whooping Crane Whooping Crane Whooping Cranes taking off
Sandhill Cranes
Greater Flamingoes, Phoenicopterus roseus in flight
Red and Yellow Barbet Red and Yellow Barbet Red and Yellow Barbet
Cassowary Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)
White-headed Munia Northern Lapwing
Black-necked Stork Snowy Egret (egretta thula)
Victoria Crowned Pigeon (Goura Victoria) Mute Swans Courting
Mandarin Duck Grooming Willet (Tringa semipalmata, formerly Catoptrophorus semipalmatus)
Striated Heron (Butorides strata) Striated heron
Lesser Whistling Ducks Black-Crowned Night Heron (nycticorax nycticorax)
Scarlet Ibis Painted stork with chick on treetop nest
Black-naped Oriole, Oriolus chinensis Black-naped Oriole Black-naped oriole in a nest
Pukeko (Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus) Galah
Great Argus Pheasant Singing Reed Bunting on bullrush
Chinese Pond Heron (Ardeola bacchus) Purple Heron
Southern Ground Hornbill, Bucorvus leadbeateri or cafer Rainbow Lorikeet, Trichoglossus haematodus
Male Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea)
Common Hill Myna, Gracula religiosa Stork-billed Kingfisher, Pelargopsis capensis
American Avocets American Avocets
Australasian Magpie Superb Starling
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthraceros albirostris) Common Raven (Corvus corax)
Great Egret (Ardea alba) Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
pied billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) pied billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Snowy Plover (charadrius alexandrinus) Laughing Kookaburra
Marabou stork, Leptoptilos crumeniferus White Pelican, pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Brazilian, or Red Crested Cardinal (paroaria coronata) Brazilian, or Red Crested Cardinal (paroaria coronata)
Blue-bellied Roller, Coracias cyanogaster Blue-bellied Roller, Coracias cyanogaster
Ostrich, Struthio camelus Japanese White-eye, or Mejiros (zosterope japonicus japonicus)