Sunday, December 8, 2013

Kauai 2013 day 6: More birds

More pics from the day, starting with some Laysan Albatross shots. I liked the coloring on these two in particular:

Always time to get some grooming in, even mid-flight:

Over on a nearby ridge, a ways behind the lighthouse, dozens of Albatrosses have settled into their nesting grounds on the island; it's quite something to see:

A couple of photos of a pigeon that caught my eye with its unusual (to me, anyway) coloring:

In this shot, you can see a touch of iridescence at the nape of its neck:

One of the only clear photos I got of a Brown Booby as it flew by:

Red-footed Boobies, on the other hand, were much easier to photograph:

I have no recollection of what this one was up to—coming in for a landing, maybe?

Not the clearest shot, but I still liked the way it came out:

When you've got an itch, you've gotta scratch, right?

We'd constantly spot Boobies flying by with vegetation in their beaks:

As you can see, they don't have very far to go with it:

A Red-headed Cardinal on a tree behind the gift shop. Those little pine cones? They're like the outdoor version of Lego blocks—to be avoided at all costs if you're walking around with bare feet:

I really liked the contrast between the bird and the ocean in this shot:

And finally, a landscape shot; I was trying to capture and balance a variety of colors—the blue and white of the water, the green vegetation, and the signature red dirt of Hawaii. I'm not sure how well I managed it, but I'm still pleased with how it turned out:

Still more to come...

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