Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bombay Hook Birds

 I am linking up my  post with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

 So far I have only posted the Snow Geese from Bombay Hook NWR. But, I took a lot of photos during our last visit to Bombay Hook wildlife refuge. Some of my favorites were the Hooded Mergansers and one of my better Great Blue Heron shots.

Hooded Merganser couple



I love the colors and the reflections in the shot above and this Hooded Merganser couple look so cute together. And I love the "do" on the female in the front.


More of the Hooded Mergansers.

Here is one of the male Hooded Mergansers by himself. The female is not too far off.


I tried to catch all of four of these Hooded Mergansers together but they went their separate ways.


 

This is one of my favorite photos of the day, a Great Blue Heron hunkered down from the cold. I like the colors and the dazed looked in the heron's eyes.

To see more beautiful and wonderful bird photos please visit:
 Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes.
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday and thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes.
I wish everyone a happy week ahead and Happy Birding!


48 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i like your description of the heron. :)

and those mergansers always make me smile. nice reflections and winter browns!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

The blue markings on the hooded morganzer is so striking. I've never seen one in person. Congrats on all these wonderful shots.

Betsy Adams said...

Beautiful shots, Eileen. I love seeing the Mergansers --but the Herson shot is terrific.
Hugs,
Betsy

HansHB said...

Great photos for WBW!

Carver said...

Wonderful shots. Thanks for helping me with the warbler I.D.

Sherrie {Bird Lady} said...

Love the heron shot! One of my favorite birds to photograph. Haven't had the pleasure of seeing a Hooded Merganser yet, but have lots of Common ones here.

~ Sherrie (Bird Lady)

bailey-road.com said...

I'll bet those birds are happy among all those reeds! Great captures.

mick said...

The Hooded Mergansers look to be very handsome birds. Great photos.

Karen said...

I'm always chasing ducks! Great shots. The heron is awesome!

SizzleandZoom said...

Beautiful photos of birds! You must have a fantastic camera. My little camera cannot capture birds. Sometimes I can get a bee on a flower. That's it.

Beth said...

Eileen, You are the BEST bird photographer ever! You constantly amaze me.

CailinMarie said...

these are wonderful shots. I agree that the colors with the Heron are wonderful, but I find myself drawn to the golds around the Hooded Mergansers as well. That one of the male on his own, seen through the reeds, is stunning.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I love the hunkered down heron and the little mergansers are just so cute

DeniseinVA said...

Really neat photos Eileen, those Mergansers are so interesting.

DeniseinVA said...

Your favorite photo of the heron is wonderful too.

Brian King said...

The Hoodies are gorgeous! We have them here during the winter, but they're difficult to photograph. Love your heron shot! That's one of my favorite subjects!

Lynne said...

Can't beat that Heron . . . nice shot!

caite said...

I love the couple together!
And that poor heron looks out of it, waiting for summer...lol

Kalantikan said...

Oh i love these photos most especially because of the reflection of the reeds providing beautiful background for the birds.

Marie said...

Wonderful photos!

Hanne Bente said...

Great image series showing :) Hanne Bente

Bob Bushell said...

I think, as you did, is my favourite on this blog, the Heron is magnificent.

Phil said...

Those Hoodies are smart looking birds Eileen. Looks like they are all paired up and ready to go too. A cracking shot of the heron too.

Stewart M said...

I can see why you like the Great Blue shot - the texture on the feathers is great.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

Stewart M - Melbourne

Genie Robinson said...

Eileen....I have not a clue what happened but this morning my downy was not to be found....UGH! I think it is fixed now. The one week I get what I think are some good shots of my fine feathered friend and he hides away. Your shots from the NWR are wonderful. Oh, if only we had one close by instead of all the way across the state. genie

Richard Pegler said...

I love those Hooded Merganser images, Eileen! Would love to see one - especially a male!

Betty Manousos said...

hi eileen, what a delight!
your posts always leave me smiling.
loved seeing those cute ducks.

big hugs~

Debbie said...

WoW...eileen, what a great set of pictures!!

i really love the earth tones, browns and reflections in these, there is so much to look at!!

i don't think i have ever seen the hooded's they are beautiful but your heron image is magnificant. great feather detail and clarity in his eye. it's a "i'm proud" for sure shot!!

Giga said...

Miło podglądać śliczne kaczki w ich naturalnym środowisku. Czapla ślicznie wygląda na tle niebieskiej wody. Pozdrawiam.
Nice to watch the beautiful ducks in their natural habitat. Heron looks lovely against the blue water. Yours.

Gary said...

Great Hoodie shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!Amazing photos!I love the couple together! And the Heron bird looks great!!Have a lovely day!
Dimi..

i stora drag said...

Nice shots, Eileen! I don't know if I had seen those Mergansers here. The heron is a magnificent photo!
Have a nice week! /Pia

grammie g said...

HI Eileen...Nice photos of the Hoodies one of my favorites too..nice one of the Great Blue too : )
Grace
PS hope this comment works!!

missing moments said...

I bet that heron is feeling pretty good today with the mild temps! Love the reflections.

Rambling Woods said...

I love the hoodies but have only seen them stop over in migration. Poor heron, I hope it found something to eat....Michelle

Amanda said...

Those mergansers look like interesting birds. Looks like they could rob a bank and hide it somewhere back in that hood!

NatureFootstep said...

the Hooded Merganser is a true beauty. And it is a shame we don´t have it. :) Great shots.

Jori said...

Bombay Hook Birds! Thank you! I was wondering what they were called.

LOVE the blue heron photo! Stunner!

Les Fous du Cap said...

Waahooo,which attractive series ;-)
Céline & Philippe

EG CameraGirl said...

Wonderful shots, Eileen! The heron looks a a bit frustrated with the cold. :(

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Awesome photos! I love the reflection in the water, and that last photo is almost funny with the bird's dazed expression.

On the way to work yesterday, I saw TONS of snow geese in an open field and thought of you! I saw the black tips on their wings and remembered your post and knew they were snow geese :)

Wally Jones said...

Wonderful post! Love the Mergansers and, well, I must like the Heron since I posted about one also!

SquirrelQueen said...


That is a fabulous shot of the Heron, I can see the individual feathers. Hooded Mergansers are my favorite ducks. You got some great shots of them.

Sleepshort Tripod said...

Breathtaking photos. You are so good at this.

ladyfi said...

Lovely shots - the poor heron does look a bit cold.

Rohrerbot said...

Nicely captured:) I find it so interesting how different the drakes and hens are from each other! They look so different and not like the same bird at all!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Really love the mergansers -- I've never gotten a picture of them.... and always think it's funny how the GB looks like an entirely different bird when it's hunkered down. Thanks for the trip to my favorite virtual birding spot.

Sharkbytes said...

I love the various mergansers. I think they are my favorite ducks.