Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

Blue Tit

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.

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