November 30, 2012
I noticed this ruffed grouse on the roadside and stopped to observe it for a while. It eventually flew across to the other side of the road and made me think that it would be interesting to try and capture it in flight. It eventually returned to a tree on the other side of the road after which I readied myself for a shot. As I approached closer to the grouse, it once again left the tree and I quickly followed its motion releasing the shutter a few times. I was happy to find one frame in focus, particularly since I captured the image from close range without remote triggers or sophisticated technology. It's nice to have 'Lady luck' on your side occasionally.
October 30, 2012
It's always a bit of a surprise to find a great blue heron perched in a tree. While they do nest in colonies called 'rookeries' on the tops of trees, they are most usually seen wading in wetlands stalking fish. I surprised this one and managed to catch a sequence of it flying out of a tree.