Friday, August 2, 2013

The Rookery, Aug 1

I am linking up with NF Winged   and  Skywatch Friday

August 1, 2013

Wow, can you believe it is August already? I wish I could slow summer down, it is going way too fast. Ok, it is time for NF Winged with some Egret shots from the rookery and a couple moon shots for my Skywatch post.


This is a little off center, but I love this moon shot straight out of my camera. I just love the zoom on my camera and that no extra lenses are necessary. This photo of the moon (Waning Gibbous) was taken on July 25, 2013.


Another Waning Gibbous moon shot was taken the next day July 26, 2013.

A few people have been asking what camera I am using it is a Canon SX40.  I can zoom from 24-840mm and it has image stabilization built in the camera. No extra lenses are needed has the superzoom at 35X. They also came out with a SX50 but I really love this SX40. The photos come out clear even with the zoom as far as I can take it.

If something happened to it, I would go and buy the same camera.




Hubby and I visited the York, Pa rookery on July 27, 2013.


It was fun seeing the egrets chicks..they are almost the size of the adult now. They are still very cute.


There were still a few of Black Crowned Night Herons at the nest but the egrets stole the show.


It is amazing to see these big chicks still begging for food. I think it is time they start learning to feed themselves.


We watched one adult fly across the lake and land on the top of a pine tree. Maybe it needed a break from the chicks. It was a gray overcast sky and luckily the rain held off until our ride home.


Even the Black Crowned Night Herons looked older, they have all grown since my last visit to the rookery. The are two herons in this shot above one on the nest with its backside towards me and the other heron is giving me a look.

I hope you enjoy my post and the Egret Rookery.  Happy Skywatching everyone!

Thanks for visiting my post and  blog and I always appreciate your comments.

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Thanks to Sylvia, Yogi  and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday! Thanks to Monica the host of NF Winged.   I wish everyone a safe and happy weekend.


59 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Eileen great shots of the moon and fantastic capture of the Egrets. not easy when they are up a tree!

NatureFootstep said...

nice to see the egrets so close. I´m impresed how well you captured all shades in the white birds.

DeniseinVA said...

I am always so impressed with your moon shots Eileen, as I am with your egrets and herons. Always interesting for me to see them in their nests and up in the trees. Happy Thusday to you :)

Sue said...

How neat to see them all grown up....though still begging-LOL!

diane b said...

The egrets are so white and elegant even at feeding time. What type of camera do you have with such a good zoom. The moon shots are great.

Crafty Green Poet said...

the egrets are adorable!

Red Nomad OZ said...

Your moon shots are AWESOME!! Anything that comes straight out of the camera works for me - I'm the world's biggest technophobe!! Have a great weekend!

Marit Helene Gåsland said...

So great to beautiful moon, and birds are the only delightful.
Great photos, Marit.

Carole M. said...

great birds and moon shots Eileen, and I'm wondering did you have to use a tripod for your moon shots? Amazing isn't it when you think about it

Chris Rohrer said...

You know I don't think I've even seen an egret nesting here. Yeah it's flown by but I'm glad as I need money again:)

Montanagirl said...

Hi Eileen. These are really nice photos. LOVE your moonshots! What kind of camera do you use? I've not really learned how to do moonshots without the light blowing out all the features of the moon. If you don't mind sharing what kind of camera you use and what settings you use to get those moonshots, I'd really appreciate it.

MJ said...

Gosh, I think the moon shots are fabulous!! I really like how you captured the adult Heron land on the top of the tree. It's a beautiful post...

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shot of the moon. Those heron s are having great time.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

How in the world did you capture such amazing moonshots?? Those are the most beautiful pictures I've ever seen!

TexWisGirl said...

awesome moon detail!!!

Digi-Irma said...

Hi Eileen,
Beautiful pictures, the moon is really super.
Also beautiful pictures of the egret.

Noushka said...

Hello Eileen,
Lovely post!
I am always very impressed with the sharpness you get from your zoom!
Love the young egrets, ready to leave the nest for a brand new life!
Cheerio!

rainfield61 said...

I admire your great shot of the moon.

So clear and sharp, and not glare.

George said...

Your moon shots are simply spectacular. I enjoyed your photos of the egret chicks, but the look being given you by the heron is priceless.

Lynne said...

Loved the Egret chicks begging for food . . . they certainly prove that white is white!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Neat moon shots! You must have a good zoom :) Those egrets are really cute, too!

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!!Great shots of the moon!!The Egret Rookery looks so cute!!!Beautiful pictures!!!I hope you have a happy new month!!
Dimi...

MitchyLR said...

Fabulous moon shots!! That's one thing I've never been able to get, a good moon shot. Love the shots of the Egrets in the rookery!!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Absolutely stunning - the colors of the egrets are so vivid. The moon shots are fabulous!!

Jo said...

Oh wow, Eileen, your moon shots are stunning. The second one looks like an egg! I love the egret chicks. I've never seen one, so thanks for sharing. Jo

Happyone said...

What great moon shots!!!

Gunilla Bäck said...

The egrets are beautiful! I can imagine it's quite a show when they're hungry and the parent comes to feed them.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Nothing more wonderful than a rookery! Thanks for sharing your great pictures. Summer always goes too fast.

Sylvia K said...

Terrific moon shots and I love the egrets! Great post for the day, Eileen! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! And, yes, time is indeed passing too quickly!!

HansHB said...

Cool photos!
Well done!

Carol said...

You always get great moon shots, Eileen. Love the egrets also

Leovi said...

Yes, beautiful photos, lovely Moon! Beautiful and fun photos of the herons!

Carver said...

Fantastic captures of the moon and birds.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Eileen, Great moon photos... These are some of your best ones.

AND the egret shots are fabulous. What gorgeous birds... AND--it's a very busy rookery.

Hugs,
Betsy

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love your moon shots and I thought your bird shots are wonderful. Talk about a bunch of helpless chicks, they need to go fend for themselves. My wife has a friend with a 28 year old son she is in the process of kicking out.

Karen said...

YOur moon shots are always great!

Beverley Baird said...

Such beautiful captures - of the moon and the egrets.
I am looking for a new camera - what is yours>

Dianne said...

Those chick egrets are just gorgeous .... SO fluffy and cute with their little S shaped necks.
Hoping you have a wonderful week-end Eileen with lots of photo opps.

Lew said...

Great shots of the moon! The young egrets sure seem to be a rowdy bunch.

Brian King said...

Fantastic moon shots, Eileen! I don't think I've ever seen photos of an egret rookery. That had to be very exciting to see!

Maria said...

My goodness, these are so darling!

ladyfi said...

Amazing! Just amazing!

inge said...

I agree Eileen the summer is racing along a little too fast. The moon shots are lovely. Have a fun weekend

Jan K. alias Afanja said...

Wonderful shots of the egrets, but your second photo of the moon is my favourite today.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

Phil said...

I love the rookery shots Eleeen. I wish we had a rookery here to be able to visit and experience the noise and activity you show. Your moon shots are just incredible. I agree, August already and where has the summer gone? Enjoy your weekend's birding.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

The moon very well photographed.. Congrats and regards

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

gorgeous white birds. so not camouflaged at all. ( :

have a nice weekend.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen,
Wow!!! Breathtaking, my friend(^_^)v
How can you take such a shots, haha beyond my knowledge.
Thank you SO much for sharing and letting us enjoy your fabulous photos♡♡♡ 

So Sorry for my belated comment, my friend.
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

thomas said...

A zoom shot of the moon like that will put most slr to shame.

Betty Manousos said...

dear eileen, no, no i can't!
time goes by so fast...

oh dear, what a feast for the eyes!
so much beauty here...it's so hard to take in.
seriously i am wowed!
fabulous photos! LOVE all of them!

happy weekend!

big hugs~

Tammy said...

Love the captures of the young Egrets! Their feeding events sure are something! Glad I'm not a mama Egret!

Heather Wilde said...

Really loving those moon shots xx

Terri said...

Great shots!

Kim Hkiss said...

Wow this is an awesome moon shot. And the birds is beautiful too. You have an awesome lens I am drooling lol!

Kim,USA

Stephanie said...

These are wonderful!

Linnea said...

I can't believe how clear those moon shots came out! I think I need a new camera. My Nikon has given up! I'll look into the Canon. Thanks for stopping by at my sky!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

You always manage to get such great, sharp moon shots!

Elaine said...

Fantastic moon shots and lovely shots of the "babies"!

Icy BC said...

Beautiful moon shots, and love seeing your bird photos!

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