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Creek Running North
December 19, 2005
There's no way to make this photo better. The light was low, the egret was moving fast, and the photographer was blurry. But I think the shot, for all its flaws, captures Egretta thula rather well: splayed primaries, crane grace, a hint of mane at nape of neck, and those feet!
That was my morning, anyway.
Heartfelt thanks to the reader who sent along Gary Nabhan's book on tequila from my Amazon wish list. A more personal note of gratitude is on its way. And thanks as well to Stephanie after a long silence for surprising me, and perhaps you, with the post below. What a wonderful winter read!
Posted by Chris Clarke at December 19, 2005 07:05 PM
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I've got these in my back yard, along with big grey things, medium sized grey things, and a few loons.Posted by: craig at December 19, 2005 09:35 PM
"the photographer was blurry"? Tell me more!Posted by: pablo at December 20, 2005 05:05 AM
Beautiful! This made my morning a lot brighter (love those little orange feet!)Posted by: beth at December 20, 2005 07:17 AM
Birders talking about fieldmarks actually call those feet "golden slippers." Who's afraid of the big bad gooshy metaphor?
Craig, given where you are, those big things might be sandhill cranes. Look twice; a number of whooping cranes have been fostered by Florida sandhills over the last decade or so. Cows are scared of whoopers. I like that.
Chris, get your brother a fieldguide for Saturnalia.Posted by: Ron Sullivan at December 20, 2005 10:30 AM
Chris, I love this photo! The stark contrast between the white bird and dark, blurry background is great.
Ron, At Carrie's house the sandhill cranes come right up to you and beg for food - take it out of your hands.Posted by: Rita Xavier at December 20, 2005 11:28 AM
Question: How do I purchase a book for you that is not on your wishlist? I have one that I think you'll enjoy, and don't want to give away the surprise.Posted by: the_bone at December 20, 2005 09:13 PM
We have blue herons in my area (outside PDX). Today I had one of my dogs out (celebrating her 10th birthday by *both* of us splashing through puddles in a local park/wetland), and we saw 5 white birds the shape of herons, possibly a little smaller. I didn't want my dog to disturb them, so didn't get close enough to see beak or feet color.Posted by: kabbage at December 22, 2005 10:16 PM