Watching Great Blue Herons

6 July 2020

For the last few months, I've regularly visited the Tracy Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. As a result, I've been able to track particular nests. Here's a sequence, mostly of one nest, of two chicks from conception to about ready to fledge.

Great blue heron

Here is a shot of two great blue herons mating, on April 12. Note the shape of the trunk of the tree.
April 12, 2020
1/250, f/8.0, ISO 200, 700.0 mm
Apparent nesting behavior, by other herons at the rookery, a week later.
April 19, 2020
1/320, f/8.0, ISO 160, 700.0 mm
Several herons apparently tending their nests.
May 03, 2020
1/400, f/5.6, ISO 160, 500.0 mm
Nest-tending or possibly feeding.
May 14, 2020
1/800, f/5.6, ISO 200, 500.0 mm
Note the cute, fuzzy chick! This is the same nest as in the first picture, about seven weeks later. Incubation is 27–29 days.
May 30, 2020
1/320, f/8.0, ISO 400, 700.0 mm
Two hungry chicks, with a parent.
June 02, 2020
1/500, f/5.6, ISO 160, 500.0 mm
The chicks have gotten big. They may be about to fledge, or may have already done so.
July 06, 2020
1/1000, f/8.0, ISO 800, 700.0 mm

Catching Up: Herons

5 July 2020

I especially love the two great blue heron chicks, at the Tracy Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. And of course, the black-crowned night herons in the Central Park Pond are very photogenic.

Great blue heron

May 14, 2020
1/1250, f/9.0, ISO 200, 500.0 mm
June 02, 2020
1/500, f/5.6, ISO 160, 500.0 mm
June 21, 2020
1/800, f/5.6, ISO 180, 500.0 mm
June 21, 2020
1/800, f/5.6, ISO 200, 500.0 mm
June 21, 2020
1/800, f/5.6, ISO 250, 500.0 mm

Black-crowned night heron

June 23, 2020
1/160, f/16.0, ISO 1000, 300.0 mm

Landing and Take-off by a Red-Tailed Hawk

2 July 2020

I've been remiss in posting to this blog for the last few months, and while I hope to be doing some make-up posts soon, here's are two sequences from tonight: a red-tailed hawk landing in a tree—note the pine needles flying in the second picture, and the small bird fleeing its new neighbor in the fourth—and then it taking off.

Red-tailed hawk

July 02, 2020
1/640, f/11.0, ISO 640, 500.0 mm
July 02, 2020
1/640, f/11.0, ISO 800, 500.0 mm
July 02, 2020
1/640, f/11.0, ISO 800, 500.0 mm
July 02, 2020
1/640, f/11.0, ISO 800, 500.0 mm
July 02, 2020
1/640, f/11.0, ISO 800, 500.0 mm
July 02, 2020
1/640, f/11.0, ISO 900, 500.0 mm
July 02, 2020
1/640, f/11.0, ISO 1000, 500.0 mm

Great Blue Herons Mating

12 April 2020

There's a wildlife sanctuary run by Mass Audubon in Richmond, Massachusetts. I don't know how big the entire property is; what's available is a small pull-off from the road from which one can observe a beaver pond with more than twenty nests for great blue herons. I went there this morning, and although the light wasn't great for seeing or photography—the nests are well to the east of the road, so they were backlit—there were a number of birds visible. I wasn't certain what I was seeing at one point, when one of two birds in one nest started flapping its wings, but I figured I'd photograph it—display behavior, I guessed. Well, yes, it was mating related…

April 12, 2020
1/250, f/8.0, ISO 200, 700.0 mm
April 12, 2020
1/250, f/8.0, ISO 200, 700.0 mm
April 12, 2020
1/250, f/8.0, ISO 200, 700.0 mm
April 12, 2020
1/250, f/8.0, ISO 200, 700.0 mm
April 12, 2020
1/250, f/8.0, ISO 200, 700.0 mm
April 12, 2020
1/250, f/8.0, ISO 200, 700.0 mm
April 12, 2020
1/250, f/8.0, ISO 200, 700.0 mm

A Cedar Waxwing Enjoying a Berry

5 April 2020

I haven't been doing much bird-blogging of late, but I love this picture too much not to share it.

Cedar waxwing

April 05, 2020
1/500, f/5.6, ISO 200, 500.0 mm

A Pair of Red-Tailed Hawks

16 March 2020

I was doing my usual circuit through Morningside Park, when I looked up and saw two hawks heading north along Mornigside Drive, and then turning west at W 118th St. I immediately exited the park, looked around, and saw them circling back from the north. One passed me before I could get the camera reset for in-flight shots, but I got some nice pictures of the second. I kept an eye on it as it headed for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where I know that a pair nests. I walked there quickly, resetting the camera as I went. One was perched on the head of the statue of the Archangel Gabriel (they love that statue); the other was in the nest. I got shots of both before they took off again and headed south.

Red-tailed hawk

March 16, 2020
1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm
March 16, 2020
1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm
March 16, 2020
1/125, f/10.0, ISO 500, 500.0 mm
March 16, 2020
1/250, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm

Morningside Park

13 March 2020

Some birds I saw during the last few days.

Northern mockingbird

March 11, 2020
1/2500, f/5.6, ISO 400, 300.0 mm

Northern cardinal (male)

March 11, 2020
1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 400, 300.0 mm

Daffodils

March 11, 2020
1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 400, 300.0 mm

Cooper's hawk

March 12, 2020
1/800, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm
March 12, 2020
1/2500, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm

Mourning dove

March 12, 2020
1/2500, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm

Northern cardinal (female)

March 12, 2020
1/500, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm

Northern mockingbird

March 12, 2020
1/200, f/5.6, ISO 400, 420.0 mm

White-throated sparrow

March 12, 2020
1/320, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm

Yellow-bellied sapsucker

March 13, 2020
1/800, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm
March 13, 2020
1/250, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm

Central Park

1 March 2020

I haven't been able to get to Central Park for a week, and I may not make it back there for two weeks, but I had a great time today.

Downy woodpecker

March 01, 2020
1/3200, f/5.6, ISO 1250, 500.0 mm
March 01, 2020
1/4000, f/5.6, ISO 720, 500.0 mm

Downy woodpecker and house sparrow

March 01, 2020
1/4000, f/5.6, ISO 800, 500.0 mm
March 01, 2020
1/2500, f/5.6, ISO 1250, 500.0 mm

Downy woodpecker

March 01, 2020
1/4000, f/5.6, ISO 500, 500.0 mm

House sparrow

March 01, 2020
1/4000, f/5.6, ISO 1100, 500.0 mm

Red-tailed hawk

March 01, 2020
1/4000, f/5.6, ISO 720, 500.0 mm
March 01, 2020
1/4000, f/5.6, ISO 640, 500.0 mm

Great blue heron

March 01, 2020
1/4000, f/5.6, ISO 1000, 500.0 mm
March 01, 2020
1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 1250, 500.0 mm
March 01, 2020
1/800, f/5.6, ISO 1250, 500.0 mm

Red-bellied woodpecker

March 01, 2020
1/2500, f/5.6, ISO 1250, 500.0 mm

Green-winged teal

March 01, 2020
1/200, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm
March 01, 2020
1/125, f/5.6, ISO 2000, 500.0 mm
March 01, 2020
1/160, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm

Central Park

27 February 2020

The first of these pictures was taken of a red-tailed hawk atop the Cathedral of St. John the Divine; the others are from Central Park.

Red-tailed hawk

February 16, 2020
1/250, f/22.0, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm

Bluejay

February 16, 2020
1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm
February 16, 2020
1/2000, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm

Downy woodpecker

February 16, 2020
1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm
February 16, 2020
1/400, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm

Red-bellied woodpecker

February 16, 2020
1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm
February 16, 2020
1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm
February 22, 2020
1/2500, f/5.6, ISO 800, 500.0 mm

Red-headed woodpecker

February 22, 2020
1/800, f/5.6, ISO 800, 500.0 mm
February 22, 2020
1/250, f/18.0, ISO 800, 500.0 mm

American coot

February 23, 2020
1/160, f/18.0, ISO 800, 500.0 mm

Morningside Park

27 February 2020

I've been remiss in blogging lately, so here is my first of two tonight.

Cooper's hawk

February 16, 2020
1/250, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm

Carolina wren

February 16, 2020
1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm

Red-bellied woodpecker

February 16, 2020
1/800, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm

Northern mockingbird

February 16, 2020
1/640, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm