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Birds Cork Ireland Nature Photos Sigma 10-20 The Lough Urban Water

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, I was that close. *gulp*

See how the swan in the background is lunging for his neighbour with a wicked looking snap? He wasn’t the only one doing that!

Aperture ƒ/7.1
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/100s
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Birds Cork Ireland Nature Photos River Urban Water

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 bars of the bridge. I’m glad I went to the extra effort now.

Aperture ƒ/10
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 200mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/500s
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Birds Cork Ireland Nature Photos River Urban Water

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 in this series.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 179mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/60s
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Birds Cork Ireland Nature Photos River Urban Water

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 the first of three photos which I will post over the next few days.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 106mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/125s
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Birds Chicago Lincoln Park Zoo Nature Photos United States

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 soft. I wish I could have retained more detail from the beautiful downy neck.
This bird is of course the national symbol of the United States.
Pictured in Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago.

I have a ton of photos to post from the St. Patrick’s Day Festival here in Cork. There are street performers and drama, markets and stalls and a rich mix of cultures present and it was a great experience.
The best news? It all happens again today if you missed it yesterday!

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 300mm
ISO 800
Shutter speed 1/320s
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Birds Chicago Lincoln Park Zoo Nature Photos United States

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!

Aperture ƒ/9
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 210mm
ISO 800
Shutter speed 1/800s
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Birds Chicago Lincoln Park Zoo Nature Photos United States

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 cold. Brrrr! I stayed in with family and had a lovely dinner, delicious chocolate Swiss roll and relaxed for the day. Sorry, no photos of the parade this year, but here are some photos of the 2004 parade, the last one I was at!

Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 255mm
ISO 800
Shutter speed 1/320s
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Birds Chicago Lincoln Park Zoo Nature Photos Trees United States

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 their website and will be displayed in Times Square in April!

Aperture ƒ/5
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 155mm
ISO 800
Shutter speed 1/60s
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Birds Black and White Candid Chicago Nature People Photos Signs Street United States Urban

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.

Aperture ƒ/5
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/60s
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Birds Candid Chicago Nature People Photos Street United States Urban Water

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.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/80s
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Birds Chicago Nature Photos United States

Duck: “Who’s that then?”

I love when animals and birds look at you with a tilt of their heads as if inquisitive. What is this duck saying?
“There’s that guy with the camera again! Why does he keeping taking photos of me and my man?”
“What’s that thing he’s pointing at me?”
“I wonder if he has any bread?”
Ah yes, such is the life of a bird in an urban environment!

Aperture ƒ/5
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 180mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/100s
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Birds Chicago Nature Photos United States Water

Duck on Red

A duck in Millenium Park, Chicago last May. Bet you’re wondering what is casting that red glow on the water? All will be revealed on Monday after I post a cute picture of it’s mate!

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 235mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/60s