Sunday, January 22, 2012

Curses! Foiled again!

We returned to Fisherman's Village a few days ago to walk around a little, visit the shops, and check out the eateries. Seems like one of the 'locals' had similar ideas.

Normally these fine feathered fellows are wading around in the shallows seeing what's on the lunch menu. Instead, this one was checking out the back of a shop for something to eat. When he was shooed away off the loading dock, he looked entreatingly up to the shopkeeper for a handout - to no avail. A little later I spotted him on a pole by the water checking to see if there might be a morsel for him there. The last I saw of him he was winging out over the water, presumably to a more favourable eatery.

(70-200mm  f9.0  1/400 sec  ISO200)


Marja said...

What a beautiful bird and the top one is a fantastic shot. BTW for a Dutch person your english is very good

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Sounds like quite the character.
Great capture, Rick!

Marty said...

tu as réussi à prendre une très belle photo de cet oiseau !
d'un post à l'autre, le temps change brutalement !!!!!
have a very nice day Rick

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

so much beauty!

thanks so much for sharing:)

Lúcia said...

Probably he decided to "prepare" his own lunch!
Beautiful yellow eyes!
Have a good Sunday Rick! ;-)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Oh my goodness.THey do get brave out there.

Leslie said...

i love the way great blue herons look like they wear a yarmulke :)

(and that last shot is so different - i love the way you caught his feathers going all spiky as he bent down.)

Cristina said...

Bellissime foto! Complimenti, ciao e buona giornata! Cri : )

magda said...

Lovely photos Rick!
Have a nice week!

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Wow wow wow....what a beauty. And you've captured him well my friend.
The blue in the back with #1 and the blue in the doors at#2 are my favorite colors.
Amazing that you knew that Rick.
Will I'm writing this I'm in the front of the warmth of the fire....can't immagine you walking around in shades and shorts. umphhh.
Hugs Dag
Geniet van de dagen daar en stuur alsjeblieeeeft wat zon deze kant uit.
Doei doei.

Stephanie said...

Oh I love these shots. The closeup of his head is fabulous. I especially like the first of the trio pics. :-))

Saz said...

Such lovely shots. That is one gorgeous heron!

imac said...

1st shot is just a real great Macro booster Rick.

Michelle a.k.a. Farmchick said...

Wow! That first shot is a stunner!

cindyzlogic said...

Ha! Ha! That is so cute!! Wonderful photography!

Amelia's De-ssert said...

Hi Rick, nice capture of the bird. Poor little bird must be hungry...looking around for food?

Like your photography skill..excellent.

Have a nice day.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Great capture. I can't seem to get that close.

Rick said...

Thank you, Marja ! btw - while I was born in Holland (a long time ago) I was educated in Canada. We spoke Dutch at home and I learned to read/write it on my own. Thank you for the compliment, however !

Thanks Laura - he looked like quite an experienced scavenger.

Merci very much Marty ! Cet oiseau was very co-operative pendant un moment so I could take son photo ! Et oui, I still like to show a little hiver, as well as the temperature chaud. I hope your pluie is finis maintenant ! Many warm bisous pour toi !

Thank you, Betty !

I think you're right, Lúcia - he gave up finding his lunch there. Thank you. I hope your week has been a good one.

Rick said...

Ha ha, this one was determined to get something to eat so he let me get fairly close Ruth.

I find them fascinating birds, Leslie - that plumage suits them so well. Thank you - he gave me ample opportunity to 'shoot' him from several angles.

Grazie per la visita e lasciando il vostro bel commento, Cri. Ciao !

Thank you kindly, Magda. I hope your week is going well.

LOL, Dag - OF COURSE I knew that ! ;-) I found a great background to catch the heron against. Oh yes, I've been in shorts, shades, and sandals for a while already (28C here). Je kunt er op rekenen - morgen stuur ik wat zon (we verwachten morgen regen, dus je mag de zon een posje hebben ;-) Groetjes !

Rick said...

Thank you very much, Stephanie (I love my 70-200mm lens - it lets me get real close). And I caught him scavenging as I came around a corner - almost like 'street' photography ;-)

Thanks, Saz - yep, he was struttin' his stuff !

Thank you, Stewart (I actually used my 70-200mm telephoto).

Thanks, Michelle !

Hi Cindy - very nice to hear from you again. Thank you.

Thank you, Amelia - yep, the shopkeeper must know this heron - maybe he's been caught stealing there before. Thanks for your kind words. I hope your week is going great !

Hi Laura, and thank you. The secret is a telephoto lens, and a distracted bird ;-)

lisa said...

What a magnificent bird Rick!

lisa said...

What a magnificent creature. The first image here is stunning!

Rick said...

Thank you, Lisa - I was very happy that he was willing to pose. for a while.