Birds

The gulls of Alcatraz

The gulls of Alcatraz Yet another curious seagull on the island of Alcatraz in San Francisco. I think he has a stern, angry look on his face, probably because I disturbed him by waving a camera in his face!

A resident of Alcatraz

A resident of Alcatraz Alcatraz Island is now inhabited by the birds and I presume security staff but I think the birds have a better life with all the tourists around hefting lunches and sandwiches from the mainland. Imagine the scene, me and a few of the others scrambling to get a shot of this […]

Bird flying by

Bird flying by A gull flies off after an inconsiderate photographer runs after it to shoot it. Beats having the kids do the running eh? They might fall! This was taken in San Francisco, and that’s The Golden Gate Bridge in the background. I went through my shots from my August trip a few days […]

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The Thieving Duck

A duck robs a poor innocent woman as she’s distracted by the cute ducklings. Moments later they all rush off with their ill-gotten gains! What you don’t see is the camera crew, make-up and lighting people and a small crowd watching from behind them. This was for some advert and of course the woman in […]

Swan and Young

A mother swan and her young offspring. There was a lovely sunset causing a deep red reflection in the water. The mother swan was very protective and aggressive and reared up and spat at me a moment after I took this shot! Edit: This photo is hosted on Zoomr! Thomas Hawk is appealing to the […]

The Swan Gang

The Swan Gang Tough looking swans gather for bread at the Lough in Cork for bread. The problem with shooting dangerous wildlife with a wideangle lens is that unless you stick the camera in their faces nobody will believe you were risking life and limb by leaning down right next to them when shooting. Well, […]

The Heron and the bars

The Heron and the bars Last in the series of Heron shots. I took over 100 shots of this bird so I’d be certain of getting a good photo and this is my favourite despite the ugly vertical bars! He was walking towards the bridge and I crouched down and focused on him through the […]

Heron on the river and pipe

Heron on the river and pipe A Heron pictured on the River Lee through the bars of the Christy Ring Bridge, Cork. He waded through the water looking for food in the river bed but except for the occasional rock didn’t have much luck in finding his dinner. This is the second of three photos […]

Heron on the river and trolley

Heron on the river and trolley A Heron pictured on the River Lee through the bars of the Christy Ring Bridge, Cork. Moments before I got close enough, two other herons flew away down the river. Despite the rubbish and trolleys in the river it’s a great sign to see wild life again. This is […]

American Bald Eagle

American Bald Eagle This bird, the American Bald Eagle, took my breath away when I saw it at the zoo. He looked so majestic and dignified, despite the fact that he was surrounded by bars in a large enclosure. The shot is at the extreme end of the Canon 75-300mm zoom and it’s a little […]

White Owl

White Owl An owl pictured inside it’s enclosure at Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago. The faint lines are the thin bars of the cage. I love the eye! If you have a moment, check out Glassey Alley, Ryan’s new photoblog!

The Mean Look

The Mean Look Is this a buzzard? I really should have taken note of the signs near the enclosures! Moments after I took this photo he was thrown some raw meat and went at it with gusto. Pictured in the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago. Today is St. Patrick’s Day. It rained, it snowed, it was […]

Long Legged Bird

Long Legged Bird God help anyone who finds this picture through Google. I wonder what they were really looking for! Matt, any idea what kind of bird this is? Pictured in the aviary at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. In other news, I received an email from GE Health. My photo of a skateboarder is on […]

Please don’t feed the pigeons

Please don’t feed the pigeons The sign obviously hasn’t worked! This was on South Wabash, Chicago around the same time this photo was taken.

Feeding The Duck

Feeding The Duck Urban ducks and wild fowl are luckier than their country brethren. People think they are cute and feed them! This is the same duck I posted before at the Crown Fountains, Chicago.