Monday, August 15, 2011

Birds and dragonflies at Kapok Park


Female anhinga stretching out. I love it when they do this. I guess that's why they are also called the "snakebird". Anhinga is just a brazilian word for snake bird.


Juvenile blue heron's got a scratch. It's got just a little bit of white feathers left. Soon it will be all blue and look like the one below.


Adult blue heron. It could be the parent of the one above.


"Just me and my shadow." sings the dragonfly.


Pretty red one.

I am not a dragonfly expert. Most of the time they all look alike to me. There are hundreds of different species and my head would explode trying to learn them, work full time and take pictures of birds. I admire people who can learn them all. But they are so pretty. And when there's not a lot of birds around in the hottest months of the year, there's tons of dragonflies to try and take pictures of. I took another trip to Kapok Park after work recently. It's a challenge to find unusual birds this time of year. All of the babies have grown up and it's still a little too early for fall migration. I'm not sure if that juvenile blue heron is the same one I keep seeing there. I've only seen one. His feathers keep getting bluer and bluer each time I'm there. Soon I won't be able to tell him apart from the other adults.

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18 comments:

  1. oh, that anhinga shot is spectacular!!! perfection!

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  2. Great birds and photos, Dina! The first two birds look comical. Great captures on the dragonflies.

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  3. Awesome anhinga photo and I'm with you ... my head would explode if I had to learn all their names!

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  4. Great shots, those feet on the blue heron look huge.

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  5. Fantastic captures, Dina, such awesome birds! That heron does have some big feet!!! Made me feel really good!

    Thank you for your kind words about Klaus. His untimely death was a shock to us all!

    Have a good week!

    Sylvia

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  6. Birds are a larger subject matter than dragonflies yet somehow you managed to get a similar clarity and find color in these delightful tiny creatures. It’s fun to be able to see through their wings. Thanks for sharing your world and thanks also for your meaningful post about Klaus.

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  7. Hi - its a sad day today, even for those of us who never met Klaus.

    I'm in contact with people all over the world because of his ideas - keeping up the contact is the best way I can think of to say thanks to a person I can never meet.

    Stewart M - Australia.

    PS: great pictures - like the snake bird - we have then here as well.

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  8. Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  9. Dina, James Barber of NWO Birds Id'd the heron as immature American Bitterns. Take another look. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  10. Great pics! Love the gulping Anhinga

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  11. Nice shots! It's been awhile since I have seen an anhinga.

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  12. Fantastic images Dina... a lovely post.

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  13. Great photos - especially the poses of the first two birds.

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  14. Wow your pictures are amazing!! Great to find your blog as this is my first time link up from Cape Town

    Veronica
    www.mothercitymagic.blogspot.com

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  15. Wonderful birds Dina and I'm also in awe of your dragonfly shots -- the one with the shadows is exquisite.

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  16. WOW! How cool birds! and fantastic photos of them and the beautiful dragonflies to!

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