Greg Gard: Blog http://www.greggard.com/blog en-us (C) Greg Gard info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:24:00 GMT Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:24:00 GMT Blue-winged Warbler, Sterling Forest, New York http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/7/blue-winged-warbler-sterling-forest-new-york Singing Blue-winged Warbler photographed in Sterling Forest, Orange County, New York:

Blue-winged Warbler singing photographed in Sterling Forest, Tuxedo Park, New York bird photography Canon 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS II 1.4x extenderBlue-winged WarblerBlue-winged Warbler - Vermivora cyanoptera - Tuxedo Park, New York

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The Blue-winged Warbler is a small warbler at 11.4–12.7 cm (4.5–5.0 in) long, with a wingspan of 17–19.5 cm (6.7–7.7 in). The breeding plumage of the male consists of a bright yellow head, breast and underparts. There is no streaking of the underparts of the bird. It has a narrow black line though the eyes and light blueish gray with two white wing-bars, which are diagnostic field marks. The female is duller overall with less yellow on the crown. Immatures are olive green with similar wings to the adults.
This species forms two distinctive hybrids with Golden-winged Warbler where their ranges overlap in the Great Lakes and New England area. The more common and genetically dominant Brewster's Warbler is gray above and whitish (male) or yellow (female) below. It has a black eye stripe and two white wing bars. The rarer recessive Lawrence's Warbler has a male plumage which is green and yellow above and yellow below, with white wing bars and the same face pattern as male Golden-winged. The female is gray above and whitish below with two yellow wing bars and the same face pattern as female Golden-winged. - Wikipedia
 
 

Here is a link to the highly recommended birding book that helped me a lot during this past Spring migration, The Warbler Guide:

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NY Photography warbler http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/7/blue-winged-warbler-sterling-forest-new-york Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:20:25 GMT
Least Bittern - Garret Mountain, NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/7/least-bittern-garret-mountain-nj This past Spring, I had a great opportunity to photograph one of the smallest herons, Least Bittern. Even though they are common in some areas, it is very hard to find them thanks to their fabulous camouflage.

In photograph below, you can see him in one of its famous poses, standing above water stretched between the reeds. Thanks to this hunting habit, Least Bitterns can feed in water that would be too deep for the wading strategy of other herons.

Least Bittern grasping the reeds and looking straight into a camera with its bill pointed up, Garret Mountain, Woodland Park, New Jersey bird photography Canon 1Dx 600mm f/4 ISLeast BitternLeast Bittern - Ixobrychus exiles Garret Mountain Reservation, Woodland Park, Passaic County, New Jersey

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As I've learned on the Cornell Lab's website, when alarmed, the Least Bittern freezes in place with its bill pointing up, turns its front and both eyes toward the source of alarm, and sometimes sways to resemble wind-blown marsh vegetation. Actually, you can see this in my photograph as well. He heard my camera clicking and gave me this stare for couple of seconds, and continued with his hunt...

I photographed this Least Bittern at the Garret Mountain Reservation, in Woodland Park, New Jersey

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/7/least-bittern-garret-mountain-nj Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:36:11 GMT
Great Frigatebird - Kilauea Point NWR, Hawaii http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/7/great-frigatebird-kilauea-point-national-wildlife-refuge-kauai-hawaii Great Frigatebird in-flight, showing its wingspan, at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai, Hawaii:

Great Frigatebird in-flight Kilauea Point NWR, Kauai, Hawaii - Canon EOS 5D mark III camera and Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS II lens + 1.4x III teleconverter Great Frigatebird in-flightGreat Frigatebird - Fregata minor Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai, Hawaii - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 5D 70-200mm Bird Hawaii Photography http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/7/great-frigatebird-kilauea-point-national-wildlife-refuge-kauai-hawaii Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:47:49 GMT
Red-necked Grebe - Algonquin Park, New York http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/7/red-necked-grebe-algonquin-park-Gardnertown-ny Last year, I had a chance to photograph a Red-necked Grebe in its basic colors in Kearny, NJ:

Red-necked Grebe - Podiceps grisegena - Harrison / Kearny, New JerseyRed-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena West Hudson Park Harrison / Kearny, New Jersey - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

As it happens, most of the birds, if not all, look most beautiful in their breeding plumage. Unfortunately, winter visitors leave New Jersey before turning into its breeding plumage Luckily, this year's Winter was rather strong and some birds decided to stay a little bit longer. This gave me opportunity to photograph them in almost full breeding plumage, as this Red-necked Grebe photographed at the Algonquin Park, Gardnertown, New York:

Red-necked Grebe in breeding plumage at the Algonquin Park, Gardnertown, New York - photographed with a Canon EOS 5D mark III and a Canon 600mm lens paired with a 2x teleconverterRed-necked GrebeRed-necked Grebe - Podiceps grisegena Algonquin Park, Gardnertown, New York - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 2x 5D 600mm Bird NY Photography waterfowl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/7/red-necked-grebe-algonquin-park-Gardnertown-ny Thu, 03 Jul 2014 00:03:13 GMT
American Redstart - Garret Mountain, New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/6/american-redstart-garret-mountain-nj American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) photographed at the Garret Mountain Reservation, Woodland Park, Passaic County, New Jersey during this year's spring migration:

Profile of an adult American Redstart at the Garret Mountain Reservation, Woodland Park, Passaic County, New JerseyAmerican Redstart - Setophaga ruticilla Garret Mountain Reservation, Woodland Park, NJ

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Interesting facts:

- The male American Redstart sometimes has two mates at the same time. While many other polygamous bird species involve two females nesting in the same territory, the redstart holds two separate territories that can be separated by a quarter-mile. The male begins attracting a second female after the first has completed her clutch and is incubating the eggs.

- Like the Painted Redstart and other “redstarts” of the Neotropics, the American Redstart flashes the bright patches in its tail and wings. This seems to startle insect prey and give the birds an opportunity to catch them. Though these birds share a common name, they are not closely related to each other. In fact, there are other unrelated birds around the world—such as the fantails of Australia and southeastern Asia, and other redstarts of Europe—that share the same foraging tricks. - source: Cornell Lab

If you have any questions regarding this photograph, feel free to ask in the comments section below.

Below you will find a link to the excellent book, "The Warbler Guide", that helped me a lot this year with identification of warblers and learning their behavior:

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography Spring Migration warbler http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/6/american-redstart-garret-mountain-nj Wed, 25 Jun 2014 01:18:59 GMT
American Oystercatcher chick - Nickerson Beach, New York http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/6/american-oystercatcher-chick-running-nickerson-beach-new-york Here is another photograph of the American Oystercatcher chick taken at the Nickerson Beach a.k.a Lido Beach, on Long Island in New York state.

At this time, this particular chick was running away from the approaching wave:

American Oystercatcher chick running along the beach at the Nickerson Beach, New York bird photography Canon 1Dx 600mm f/4 S 1.4x extenderAmerican Oystercatcher chick runningAmerican Oystercatcher - Haematopus palliatus Photograph taken with a Canon 1Dx camera paired with Canon 600mm f/4 IS mark II lens and 1.4x extender

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Shooting tip:

Same as with the previous photograph, fast frame rate shooting of my Canon EOS 1Dx camera, helped me get the moment just right. Contrary to photographing standing/perched bird, action shots require the camera to be set on the highest fps setting. And do not forget to set your shutter value at least to 1/1000s to freeze the motion!

If you have any questions regarding this photograph, feel free to ask in the comments section below.

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NY Photography chick shorebird tip http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/6/american-oystercatcher-chick-running-nickerson-beach-new-york Sun, 15 Jun 2014 23:53:48 GMT
American Oystercatcher chick - Nickerson Beach, NY http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/6/american-oystercatcher-chick-nickerson-beach-new-york Even though this was probably an early flight attempt or just a form of stretching wings, for this 2 weeks old American Oystercatcher chick, but I would like to think, it was jumping for joy when it first saw me photographing on the beach :) Believe it or not, it was running towards me multiple times that day 

Great moment to witness and photograph nevertheless!

American Oystercatcher chick jumping and stretching its wings at the Nickerson Beach, New York bird photography Canon 1Dx 600mm f/4 S 1.4x extenderAmerican Oystercatcher chick jumping for joyAmerican Oystercatcher - Haematopus palliates Nickerson Beach Park, Lido Beach, Long Island, New York

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Photographed at the Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York using Canon EOS 1Dx camera paired with Canon 600mm f/4 IS lens and 1.4x extender. 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NY Photography chick shorebirds http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/6/american-oystercatcher-chick-nickerson-beach-new-york Wed, 11 Jun 2014 01:08:49 GMT
Willet Calling - Cape May, NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/6/willet-calling-cape-may-nj I photographed this Willet (Tringa semipalmata) calling and rising its wings on the beach in Cape May, New Jersey:

Willet calling and rising its wings, photographed on the beach in Cape May, New Jersey bird photography Canon 1Dx 600mm IS f/4 mark II 1.4x extenderWillet CallingWillet - Tringa semipalmata Cape May, New Jersey - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

Interesting facts:

- Although both parents incubate the eggs, only the male Willet spends the night on the nest.

- Willets and other shorebirds were once a popular food. In his famous Birds of America accounts, John James Audubon wrote that Willet eggs were tasty and the young “grow rapidly, become fat and juicy, and by the time they are able to fly, afford excellent food.” By the early 1900s, Willets had almost vanished north of Virginia. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 banned market hunting and marked the start of the Willet’s comeback.

- Like Killdeer, Willets will pretend to be disabled by a broken wing in order to draw attention to themselves and lure predators away from their eggs or chicks.

- Because they find prey using the sensitive tips of their bills, and not just eyesight, Willets can feed both during the day and at night.

- The oldest known Willet in North America was 10 years, 3 months old. - source: Cornell Lab

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography shorebird http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/6/willet-calling-cape-may-nj Thu, 05 Jun 2014 02:25:52 GMT
Laysan Albatross - Kauai, Hawaii http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/5/laysan-albatross-kauai-hawaii Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) photographed at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, near Kilauea Lighthouse,  on the Kauai island, Hawaii:

Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) flying over the Pacific Ocean at the Kilauea Lighthouse, Kauai, Hawaii Canon 5D III Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS 1.4x extenderLaysan AlbatrossLaysan Albatross - Phoebastria immutabilis Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kilauea Lighthouse, Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 5D 70-200mm Bird Hawaii Photography in-flight http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/5/laysan-albatross-kauai-hawaii Fri, 30 May 2014 10:35:00 GMT
Red Fox kits - Great Swamp NWR, NJ http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/5/red-fox-kittens-great-swamp-nwr-nj Once again, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in New Vernon, Morris County, New Jersey hosts a family of Red Foxes. This year, five kits (!) are giving great amount of entertainment to all observers.

Here are two Red Fox kittens playing with each other::

Two Red Fox kittens playing with each other at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey wildlife photography - Canon 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS lensPlayful Red Fox kittensRed Fox - Vulpes vulpes Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, New Verona, New Jersey

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Photograph captured with a Canon EOS 1Dx camera and a 600mm f/4 IS lens paired with a 1.4x extender.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 600mm NJ NWR Photography fox wildlife http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/5/red-fox-kittens-great-swamp-nwr-nj Tue, 27 May 2014 00:25:00 GMT
White-eyed Vireo - Cape May, New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/5/white-eyed-vireo-cape-may-nj White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) photographed in Cape May, New Jersey during this year's spring migration:

White-eyed Vireo looking straight into the lens. Photographed during the spring migration in Cape May, New Jersey bird photography using Canon 1Dx camera and 600mm f/4 IS lensWhite-eyed Vireo looking straight to the cameraWhite-eyed Vireo - Vireo griseus Cape May, New Jersey - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

Photograph captured with a Canon EOS 1Dx camera and 600mm f/4 IS lens paired with a 1.4x extender.

"White-eyed Vireo forages deliberately with short hops or flights, pausing to look for insects by tilting its head and peering. Gleans insects by picking, hovering, reaching, lunging, hanging, or leaping. It bathes by rubbing against wet foliage." - CornellLab

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography Spring Migration http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/5/white-eyed-vireo-cape-may-nj Thu, 22 May 2014 00:44:16 GMT
Short-eared Owl - Wallkill River NWR http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/5/short-eared-owl-wallkill-river-nwr It took me 30 minutes of veeery slow crawl, in 10+ inch deep snow, to approach this Short-eared Owl when over sudden Rough-legged Hawk flew by. In split second, this owl takes off to defend its territory, giving me opportunity to capture this photograph:

Short-eared Owl beginning to fly with stretching its wings Wallkill River NWR, NJ/NY Canon EOS 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS II 1.4x telecenterShort-eared Owl lift offShort-eared Owl - Asio flammeus Wallkill River NWR, Liberty Marsh, New Jersey / New York boundary

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I photographed this Short-eared Owl last Winter at the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, Liberty Marsh, New Jersey / New York boundary

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey owl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/5/short-eared-owl-wallkill-river-nwr Fri, 16 May 2014 10:35:00 GMT
American Avocet - Forsythe NWR, New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/5/american-avocet-forsythe-nwr-nj One of those midday surprises at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Ocenville, New Jersey during the spring migration, American Avocet in breeding plumage:

American Avocet in breeding plumage foraging in a shallow water during spring migration at the Forsythe NWR, New Jersey bird photography - Canon 5D mark III 600mm f/4 IS mark II 1.4x extenderAmerican Avocet in breeding plumageAmerican Avocet - Recurvirostra americana Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Ocenville, New Jersey - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

 
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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 5D 600mm Bird NJ Photography wading http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/5/american-avocet-forsythe-nwr-nj Mon, 12 May 2014 10:35:00 GMT
Great Blue Heron - Venice Rookery, Florida http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/5/great-blue-heron---venice-rookery-florida Adult Great Blue Heron with a raised crest overlooking the rookery:

Great Blue Heron perched on the tree with a green trees in the background - Venice Rookery, Florida bird photography - Canon EOS 7D 500mm f/4 IS 1.4x teleconverterGreat Blue HeronGreat Blue Heron - Ardea hernias Venice Rookery, Venice, Florida - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

 

This photograph was taken at the Venice Rookery on my 2012 birding road trip to Florida.

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 500mm 7D Bird Florida Photography wading http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/5/great-blue-heron---venice-rookery-florida Fri, 09 May 2014 10:35:00 GMT
Hooded Warbler - Garret Mountain, NJ - Spring Migration http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/5/hooded-warbler-garret-mountain-new-jersey-spring-migration Finally got a chance to photograph this beautiful bird, Hooded Warbler, at the Garret Mountain Reservation, Woodland Park, Passaic County, New Jersey. Even though this bird was constantly moving in search for food, it stopped for a split second to investigate the clicking sound of my camera and giving me this pose:

Hooded Warbler looking straight into the camera. Photographed at the Garret Mountain Reservation during spring migration - New Jersey bird photography Canon 1Dx 600mm f/4 IS 2x extenderHooded WarblerHooded Warbler - Setophaga citrina Garret Mountain Reservation, Woodland Park, Passaic County, New Jersey

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 1Dx 600mm Bird Photography Spring Migration warbler http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/5/hooded-warbler-garret-mountain-new-jersey-spring-migration Tue, 06 May 2014 01:27:53 GMT
Anhinga nest with two chicks - Venice Rookery, Florida http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/5/anhinga-nest-with-two-chicks-venice-rookery-fl Adult Anhinga sitting in the nest with two chicks asking for food. Photographed at the Venice Rookery, Florida: Adult Anhinga with two chicks in the nest at the Venice Rookery, Florida bird photography Canon EOS 7D 500mm f/4 ISAnhinga chicksAnhinga chicks in the nest with an adult Venice Rookery, Florida - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -

 
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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 500mm 7D Bird Florida Photography venice rookery http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/5/anhinga-nest-with-two-chicks-venice-rookery-fl Fri, 02 May 2014 10:35:00 GMT
Baby Bald Eagle in the nest - Palisades, New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/baby-bald-eagle-in-the-nest-palisades-nj Once again Palisades Cliffs, over the Hudson River, hosts a family of Bald Eagles. This year, both adults take care of 3 eaglets! Each week, I try to visit this nest to record its progress. Each time, I'm amazed how quickly these guys grow! Here is the latest image of the 4 weeks old eaglet:

5 weeks old baby Bald Eagle looking straight into the camera out of the nest, Palisades Cliffs, Bergen County, New Jersey bird photography - Canon 5D mark III 600mm f/4 IS mark II 2x teleconverter marBald Eagle - eglet in the nestBald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocephalus Palisades Interstate Park, Bergen County, New Jersey

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 5D Bird NJ Photography bird of prey chick nest http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/baby-bald-eagle-in-the-nest-palisades-nj Tue, 29 Apr 2014 01:00:20 GMT
Great Egret with a nesting material - Venice Rookery, Florida http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/great-egret-with-a-nesting-material-venice-rookery-florida Adult Great Egret, in breeding plumage, flying by with a nesting material at the Venice Rookery, Florida:

Great Egret in breeding plumage flying with a nesting material - Florida bird photography Canon EOS 7D 500mm 1.4x extenderGreat Egret flying with nesting materialGreat Egret - Ardea alba - in breeding plumage Venice Rookery, Venice, Florida

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 500mm 7D Bird Florida Photography wading http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/great-egret-with-a-nesting-material-venice-rookery-florida Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:35:00 GMT
Kissing an Owlet - New Jersey http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/kissing-an-owlet-new-jersey Adult Female Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) giving a kiss to an owlet:

Adult female Great Horned Owl giving a kiss to its owlet. Photographed in Northern New Jersey - Canon 5D mark III 600mm f/4 IS + 2x teleconverterGreat Horned Owl kissing an owletGreat Horned Owl - Bubo virginianus Bergen County, New Jersey

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Photographed in Bergen County, New Jersey using a Canon 5D mark III camera paired with a 600mm f/4 lens and 2x extender. 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 5D 600mm Bird NJ Photography bird of prey nest owl http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/kissing-an-owlet-new-jersey Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:35:00 GMT
Great Blue Heron chicks in the nest - Florida http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/great-blue-heron-chicks-in-the-nest-fl Great Blue Heron chicks sitting in the nest at Venice Rookery, Florida:

Great Blue Heron chicks in the nest - Venice Rookery, Florida - bird photography - Canon 7D 500mm f/4 1.4x extenderGreat Blue Heron chicks in the nestGreat Blue Heron - Ardea hernias Venice Rookery, Venice, Florida

 

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info@greggard.com (Greg Gard) 500mm 7D Bird Florida Photography nest wading http://www.greggard.com/blog/2014/4/great-blue-heron-chicks-in-the-nest-fl Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:35:00 GMT