Birds - Paul Sikorski

For Yer Wall Birds

  • Rendezvous

    This Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) is flying to rendezvous with its mate. They both had taken off simultaneously from the water right below the bridge I had been standing on while waiting for them to take off. Both geese took off in my direction. The distance from their takeoff point to the bridge railing was short. As I was photographing their takeoff, I noticed they were barely going to clear the bridge railing. I ducked below the bridge railing. This goose aborted its flight to avoid flying in to me while its mate cleared the bridge railing and landed in the water on the other side of the bridge. This goose took a five minute break while continually honking back and forth with its mate. Then this goose swam a good distance away form the bridge and took off, this time gaining altitude and taking a flight path close to the woods away from the bridge.

  • Great Egret Graceful Landing

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Greater Yellowlegs on Mudflat

    Photographed in a salt marsh on Long Island Sound. The Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) is larger than Lesser Yellowlegs and has a longer bill grayish at base.

  • Bald Eagle Juvenile In Flight

    There were a lot of birds flying at the salt marsh today including this Bald Eagle Juvenile (Haliaeetus leucocephalus).

  • 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.

  • Cormorant in Flight

    Double-creasted Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

  • Cormorant In Flight

    The wingspan of a Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) is 52". I shot this photo in September as the Cormorant flew below me skimming the surface 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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