My favorite birds to see in the wild are the raptors. They typically are big so I can get better pictures of them, they are patient in that they will wait for me to get a picture before they fly off, and they look so majestic soaring through the skies.
Yesterday’s birding at the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve (see location map at What made the event worthwhile) presented me with a white-tailed kite (Elanus leucurus). It patiently sat in the branches to let everyone in our group take a picture, but it was still a little far away for my 250mm lens.
After we all got pictures of it sitting, it soared in the sky for several minutes to let everyone get pictures too. It was quite close to us while soaring, so everyone was climbing over each other and pushing each other out of the way to get the best vantage point.
I really had to crop and Photoshop the first picture because he was too far away for my lens. Not the best, but it will have to do until another one comes along.
More pictures coming. I’m still cataloging them. First, however, I’m going out stop-signing this morning….. you’ll just have to wait.