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Just to be frank, it has been too darn hot to do anything outside our apartment for most of the last two months.  I caught sight of this heron as we drove past the pond next to our apartment.  Next trip out the camera came along for the ride.  The great blue heron did its best to hide from me.


A few yards to the right and the view was better.


Then The Great One said, “Are you looking at me?”


Ok, I get it.  You are looking for dinner and do not want an audience!


I left the Great One in peace to continue doing what Great Ones do.  How fortunate to see this beauty so close to home!

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Coots and Storks

Taking precise photos of birds while in a moving tour bus is not ideal.  The following photos were taken on a rainy morning in Amsterdam.  The area is a small park where Rembrandt would paint.  The pond is named Rembrandt’s pond.  Moorhens Coots were enjoying a morning swim …  But the weather was plenty wet without the pond.

These storks were across the road from Rembrandt’s pond.

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city tour amsterdam morning (92)A nest was nearby high on a pole that I just glimpsed as the bus drove from area.  We saw several nests of this type through out Europe.  In many areas nesting storks were a sign of luck.  Some areas of course additionally believed they brought fertility to the home where they nested.



Further into the tour the guide gave us a heads up to watch for a rather unlikely bird.   A quick click gave a drive by capture of flamingos at another park in Amsterdam.  Bonus shot of the back of Hubby’s head ; )


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The weather was not always the most cooperative for taking pictures of the birds we saw.  Again, being in a moving tour bus made captures even more challenging.

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Well, this beauty was not captured in a natural setting, but it is certainly a wild bird.  Seen on the Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest, Hungary, on the plaza at the bronze statue of Stephen I of Hungary.

Saker or Merlin Falcon?  The handler was not talking……



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This shot was taken from the boat as we cruised along the Main Canal near Kelheim.  I am no expert so I am guessing these are pink footed geese.  (update, votes say graylag goose)  The option is possibly the graylag goose.


Here are a couple of less clear shots that might aid in the identification of said geese.



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