Birds - Paul Sikorski

For Yer Wall Birds

  • The Leader

    Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) take off from a small pond at dusk with the lead goose flying in front of the formation. The lead goose expends the most energy because it is the first to break up the flow of air that provides additional lift for all of the geese who follow behind the leader. When the lead goose gets tired, it drops out of the front position and moves to the rear of the formation where the resistance is lightest and another goose moves into the leadership position.

  • Juvenile Bald Eagle in Flight

    Haliaeetus leucocephalus

  • Great Egret Graceful Landing

    Fog hangs over a salt marsh as this Great Egret (Ardea alba ) executes a graceful landing on a mudflat.

  • Osprey and Bald Eagle

    This Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) flew into the salt marsh scattering all of the birds except the Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) either to the far remote corners of the salt marsh or completely out. The Ospreys are not afraid of bald eagles. In this photo, it appears the Bald Eagle is chasing the Osprey but it is the opposite. The Osprey is above the Bald Eagle and is shadowing it to keep it away from the Osprey nests.

  • Balance

    Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

  • After Diving for a Fish 2

    An Osprey coming up out of the water after diving for fish. It did not catch the fish.

  • The Dipper

    A Great Egret dips into the muddy water of a shallow pond for food.

  • Up and Away

    Flock of Canadian Geese take off.

  • The Fish Hawk

    An Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) comes up out of the water after catching a fish. Photographed in the spring of 2017.

  • The Fisherman

    Portrait of a Snowy Egret feeding in a salt marsh.

  • Great Egret Portrait 1

    Great Egret (Ardea alba)

  • Two Mute Swans In Flight (Wings Down)

    I was standing on top of a tall sand dune overlooking a nature preserve. I saw these two Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) off in the distance heading straight for me and the open ocean. Nothing like being in the right place at the right time.

  • Canada Geese Family One

    This is one of two new Canada Geese families I found at the salt marsh today. Parents usually lead their goslings in a line with one adult in front and the other at the rear.

  • Canada Goose Takeoff

    Canada Goose (Branta canadensis).

  • Mallard

    A Mallard duck stands in the backwater of salt marsh.

  • Balance

    Female Red-winged Blackbird just landed on a Common Reed in a salt marsh. The reed is swinging back and forth like a pendulum. The bird appears to spread its wings for balance as the reed stabilizes.

  • Sparrow on a Rock

    A Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichen) perches on a rock overlooking the ocean.

  • Natural Symmetry

    I spotted these 3 Common Terns standing on a mudflat. They were motionless, in a straight line, equidistant from one another and all looking in the same direction. It was great natural symmetry.

  • Six Pack

    Six Brants fly along the shoreline.

  • Sanderling

    A Sanderling (Calidris alba) feeding on the beach.

  • Osprey Catches Fish

    After catching a fish, an Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) heads back to its nest.

  • Straight as an Arrow

    Five Canada Geese maintain a level flying formation as they land in a salt marsh.

  • Snowy Egret At The Salt Marsh

    A Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) wades through a salt marsh looking for small fish.

  • Osprey 180

    This Osprey had just made a dive into the water for a fish. It is making a low 180 degree turn after coming up out of the water.

  • After Diving for a Fish 2 (Vertical)

    An Osprey coming up out of the water after diving for fish. It did not catch the fish.

  • Very Busy Osprey

    The Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) and many other birds are back at the salt marsh for another high activity season of building nests, mating, fishing and fighting over food and territory. This Osprey is circling the salt marsh looking for a fish for his mate.

  • Angel Wings

    Snowy Egret juveniles are fun to photograph. They are very active and provide great action shots like displaying perfect angel wings.

  • Great Colorful Egret Takeoff

    I was walking through the woods along the perimeter of a salt marsh and happened to look through the trees and spotted this Great Egret (Ardea alba) standing in the water against this colorful background. Luckily, there was enough unobstructed space through the trees for a clear shot. I shot a few frames of the egret struting around and captured this image when it decided to takeoff.

  • Pondering

    A Snowy Egret (Egretta thule) takes a break after a frenzied search for fish.

  • Foghorn

    The fog was thick and foghorns blared across the water. Why not join in?

  • Going South

    Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)

  • Bird In a Blizzard

    A House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) enduring a blizzard.

  • Feet Wet

    Five Canadian Geese drop in for a water landing at a salt marsh on the first day of Spring 2014.

  • Sparkling Blue

    A flock of Brants (Branta bernicla) skim the surface of a sparkling blue ocean.

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