Tag Archives: bird

Cardinal in a Tree

photograph of a male cardinal in a treeThe cardinal is the state bird of Virginia and there are plenty around.  They can be tough to photograph because they never seem to allow people to get very close and they tend to move quite a bit.  As I was photographing a landscape I heard the easily identifiable chirp of a cardinal and noticed this male watching me from a nearby tree.  He stayed put long enough for me to take several photos before flying away.


Goldfinch in Sycamore

photograph of a gold finch in a sycamore treeThis gold finch, in winter plumage, was feasting on the seeds of a sycamore tree near the James River.  It was rather far away and very high up in the tree but I was able to zoom in and crop the photo to produce this image.


Curious Horned Grebe

photograph of a horned grebe with a curious look

I spotted this Horned Grebe swimming in one of the canals at The Great Dismal Swamp.  It didn’t seem to mind me watching it at all.  It just swam around, in and out of the shadows and would occasionally dive under water.  I was able to get quite a few photos of it but this is one of my favorites.


Flamingo 1

photograph of a flamingo

This flamingo stood out among the group of its peers.  It was a bit more relaxed and kept lifting its head, lending itself to a nice avian portrait.


White Breasted Nuthatch II

photograph of a White Breasted Nuthatch on a tree trunk

White Breasted Nuthatches have the odd habit of creeping down tree trunks.  This one stopped to survey it’s surrounding.  In the process it showed off it’s flexibility by craning it’s neck more than 90 degrees to assess the scene.  This photo was taken on a rainy day and you can see a tiny drop of water clinging to the bird’s belly.


Landing Zone

photograph of bird tracks on a beach

Animal tracks always catch my attention but they aren’t always very photogenic.  These bird prints were on a beach along the James River.  It would be impossible to identify the type of bird that left them but the deeper, wider prints in the foreground indicate the bird landed here and then hopped along the beach before taking flight.  The early morning sun provided enough shade within the prints to make them stand out in the photo.


American Coots

photograph of American Coots in the water

The American Coot is a rather funny looking bird.  They break the old rule that says “if it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it must be a duck”.  They are actually more closely related to rails and cranes.  When you get a good look at their feet, which are not webbed, you realize they must not be ducks.