At Lake Taneycomo (Taney COunty, MO), the Great Blue Herons are abundant and not shy. While floating downstream on a pontoon boat, it was easy to put down the fishing rod and pick up the camera. I took something over 500 frames. I show just a few highlights here. Several other species make special guest appearances.
This one was not catching a fish (a behavior that eluded me), but cleaning its bill on the stick.
Both of these were well lit with dark backgrounds. The gape is a bonus.
Wood ducks were flying up and down the lake, but usually didn’t let us get too close.
Poised for something.
Must have had an itch that needed scratching.
A pair of pileated woodpeckers seemed to have a system of holes in many of the sycamore trees.
I like the way the wind blows the breast plumes in different directions.
This red-shouldered hawk was cruising about, never very close.
Stretched out and hunkered down.
A kingfisher in flight.
Left-legged heron. I like the mossy green background on these.
This blue-winged teal drake was hanging out with wood ducks. I think he’s having an identity crisis.
The sun really highlights the plumes on these.
Here’s a close-up. Many of these images were nearly frame-filling. They are big birds, I had a long lens, and we got fairly close.