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Wed Jun 9, 2021, 12:37 PM

Here in west central Florida (edit to add Turkey Vulture)

Last edited Thu Jun 10, 2021, 07:54 AM - Edit history (3)

the summer routine is heat builds over the center of the state and forms huge thunderstorms every afternoon that move to the west. So the return of daily afternoon showers bring a variety of birds riding the wind currents in front of the storm. They rarely have to flap their wings, just soaring in circles, pushing west.

I would not claim these to be of the highest quality photos, they are cropped quite a bit, sharpened and de-noised. The birds are very high and all were taken with 1000-1200 mm lenses with 10lbs of camera and lens pressed against my nose, looking straight up!

Love this Heron out in front of the storm, sky still blue, almost an X-Ray of the wings


Heron just before the rain and sky has darkened


Swallow-tailed Kite


Anhinga, from the Tupi Indians in Brazil, meaning "devil bird" or "evil spirit of the woods."


Hawk


Wood Stork


Turkey vulture


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HAB911 Jun 9 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 9 #1
SheltieLover Jun 9 #2
Diamond_Dog Jun 9 #3
Blue Dawn Jun 9 #4
alfredo Jun 9 #5
Guilded Lilly Jun 9 #6
George McGovern Jun 9 #7
mnhtnbb Jun 9 #8

Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 01:05 PM

1. These are stunning!

I don’t care how much you cropped them, they look fabulous.

Thanks for sharing!

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Wed Jun 9, 2021, 01:12 PM

2. Gorgeous!

Tyvm for sharing!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 01:33 PM

3. All are stunning!

I especially like the one labeled “hawk”!

Thanks for sharing!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 02:55 PM

4. I agree with the others who said....

....these are stunning! I love the detail. I really like this perspective because how often have I ever gotten to see the underside of a flying bird? These birds are gorgeous.

I love your photos. Thank you!

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Wed Jun 9, 2021, 03:47 PM

5. Damn those are good.

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Wed Jun 9, 2021, 04:27 PM

6. These are awesome! Thank-you. Great shots.

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Wed Jun 9, 2021, 05:21 PM

7. Spectacular HAB911!!

Glad you could manage the weight of your kit!

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Wed Jun 9, 2021, 06:06 PM

8. Fabulous shots!

What a great place you are in for bird watching!

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