I was going through some photo files looking for references for a painting I'm working on and found some pics I'd never shared here.
There were taken with my much loved and trusty Canon EOS 5D — along with the latest Canon 100-400 L Lens.
Let's start with this guy:
|Snowy Egret - Copyright - Jephyr! - All Rights Reserved|
This is definitely true in my experience — as I've seen these beautiful boids all around riparian preserves and lakes near my home in the Phoenix area — though this one was photographed at the Phoenix Zoo.
He stood contentedly on that perch for as long as I was there — and I'm pretty sure I heard it say it was ready for its close-up.
BTW — until I saw this photo full-sized on my computer screen I had no idea how BIG their feet are!!
|Pelican Too - Copyright - Jephyr! - All Rights Reserved|
I think this is an American White Pelican which are also surprisingly found on riparian preserves and lakes in the Phoenix area.
They're listed in the Wikipedia entry on Birds of Arizona. — and I've heard they fly in from California.
I love the texture on it's beak and it really comes out on this photo— and that can been seen better in the large version of this pic by clicking on it.
|Evening Meal - Copyright - Jephyr! - All Rights Reserved|
^ ^ ^ This charming little fellow — grabbing some supper — is a Black-Necked Stilt — seen at a riparian preserve near my home.
These birds are called "waders" — and those long legs give that away.
The late afternoon sun added some soft reflective light on the normally VERY white parts of this little bird's body.
And while it isn't evident in this photo — their legs have an odd, almost florescent, orange-ish/pinkish hue to them.
Thanks as always for stopping by!
Ciao fer now..............