Belted Kingfisher

Female Belted Kingfisher in flight over water
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Sandy-in-Alaska-100x-100These small birds with their large heads, long pointed beaks and rapid flight are incredibly challenging to photograph in flight. On a trip to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge last fall I watched several of these little speedy fliers zip around over the water. They are so quick I can why they are called Kingfishers as they swiftly catch fish and dart back to safety to eat their meal.
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Coming in for a Landing

American White Pelican landing on water
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Sandy-in-Alaska-100x-100If you live in an area where these immense birds are common this is not an unusual find, but for me this was an exciting photo capture. These birds have an enormous wingspan and this one looks like it is skiing as it is landing right in front of me. I think he is putting his best foot forward. What do you think?
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Purple Martin

Female Purple Martin in flight
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Sandy-in-Alaska-100x-100These large Swallows fly VERY rapidly and feed in midair. This female caught a bug in flight as I watched. It looked like a tiny aerial acrobat.
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Surprise Flight

Juvenile Black-Crowned Night Heron taking off in flight
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Sandy-in-Alaska-100x-1004I was walking along the Click Ponds at the Viera Wetlands and this Juvenile Black-Crowned Night Heron suddenly flew from the edge of the pond. What a Surprise Flight!
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Harris’s Hawk

Harris's Hawk in flight
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Sandy-in-Alaska-100x-100This is such a magnificent bird! His rusty colored shoulders and white rump are so gorgeous in flight. I captured this image in a field in South Texas.
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Fishing on a Cloudy day

Belted Kingfisher catching fish
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Sandy-in-Alaska-100x-1001I was recently visiting the Viera Wetlands on a rainy overcast day. I was ready with my camera but not expecting much action. I stopped because a Bald Eagle flew overhead, which I totally missed. I decided to sit for a while, thinking the day for capturing images was going to be unproductive, when this little rocket popped out of the water with a fish!
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Mallard

Male Mallard in flight
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Sandy-in-Alaska-100x-100This Male Mallard is very common but look at that bright green head. It's coloring is like a color wheel with the green, yellow and orange hues all on one bird (ok it's a duck)
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Brace for Impact!

Crested Caracara landing with wings spread
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Sandy-in-Alaska-100x-1001This Crested Caracara came screeching to a halt as he (or she) came in for a landing. It was early morning in South Texas. These large long-legged birds are unusual to me because in the USA, they live only in South Texas and a very small area in Florida. I'm told they are a tropical version of a vulture but they are certainly more attractive than a vulture to my eye.
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Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher landing
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Sandy-in-Alaska-100x-1001This is a beautiful bird! With it’s extremely long tail and pink sides, it is quite a sight as it “sky dances” through the air, catching insects on the wing.
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The Osprey

The Osprey
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Sandy-in-Alaska-100x-100The Osprey is a very large Hawk. They dive for fish only about three feet under the surface so they usually frequent more shallow waters. They are successful when diving for fish about 1/4th of the time. This one dove, missed and was coming out of the water when I captured this image.
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