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Ospreys eat fish. Fish for breakfast. Fish for lunch. Fish for...But sometimes it's hard to determine what kind of fish, because they bite the heads off first, and that is how I found this one. Photo was taken last year in Watsonville, California. Another day, another bird! #audubonca #global4nature #feather_perfection #anythingfeathered #fowl_waterfowl #audubonsociety #wwnk_memb #bird_lovers_daily #audubon #best_birds_of_ig #bird_brilliance #kings_birds #your_best_birds #eye_spy_birds #bird_lovers_daily #bird_watchers_daily #pocket_birds #wildbirds #bestbirdshots #birding_lounge #9vaga_animal9 #igscwildlife #everydaybirdlovers #bird_freaks #whatschirping #birds_adored #birdlife_insta #esb_boringbirds #_only_raptors #elite_raptor

I photographed this Cedar Waxwing yesterday evening at my favorite “Sit Spot,” in a swamp deep in a state forest near my home. A century ago, Ernest Thompson Seton, wildlife artist, writer, and Boy Scouts founder, came up with the idea of the “Seton Spot,” now called the “Sit Spot” and still used by nature programs. It's based on the principle that when you first enter wildlife habitat, animals flee, to hide or distance themselves from your perceived threat. However, if you remain quiet and still, in one spot, things return to normal in roughly 20-30 minutes. The longer you sit, the more you are likely to see. This can be a really powerful and fruitful strategy for wildlife photography, and it's something I often recommend to nature photographers who seek an authentic, immersive experience in nature.

Try to choose a place not far from home, even if it's in a quiet section of an urban park. You'll be more likely to spend more time there than if you have to drive a distance. Visit it during different seasons and track the changes in the landscape as well as in the kinds of animals present, as well as their changing plumage and behavior.

For me this swamp has become almost a meditative spot, and is where I flee to when I want to quickly connect to nature and feel like I’ve “come home.” I wish I could tell you I was sitting half immersed in the swampy water, wearing my Kwik Camo, cause that would be way more romantic and hardcore, but I was in my car. Partly cause the birds are more used to that, but also because lots of Lyme-ridden ticks have Sit Spots around there too, and I don’t feel like hosting them. 😟

Semipalmated Plover catching a worm - New Jersey
Higher resolution video can be found by following the link in my bio

Video recorded with a @canonusa 1DXII camera paired with a Canon 600mm f/4 IS lens and 1.4x teleconverter at 840mm

If you are interested, more of my bird photography can be found at www.greggard.com/birds

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Tricolored Heron.

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This bird remains in Florida and Southeast U.S. year round. Adept at hunting solo, some jabs don't always produce a meal. He didn't move on and got a small small fish on his next try. I didn't move on either...he was content with me hanging out and taking photos! -
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One of my favorites and my last Hummingbird photo from Guatemala City to share is this Stunning 😯 Azure Crowned Hummingbird 🐥Enjoy!

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🔹 Sapphire-spangled Emerald
🔹 Beija-flor de peito azul
🔹 Amazilia lactea
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A female Northern Cardinal doing her best "Last of the Mohicans" impersonation. In the last 5 years I have noticed more cardinals (and Blue Jays) going through this more extreme molt, losing most if not all their head feathers. I don't remember that from years ago, but maybe I just wasn't as aware. Haven't seen it with other species though. They look pretty sad without their "hair!" But the feathers do grow back and they are in the height of fashion in time for the first snow. .
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The Brewers Blackbirds gave this Osprey no peace.

The dark-eyed juncos found a beautiful hanging fuschia pot to make a nest. I have stopped watering it. Hopefully there will be some babies. .
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I've hauled boxes of books countless times. Home never feels quite complete without the lives within books. #home #books #preservingknowledge #comfort #curious #audubonsociety

A female Barrow's Goldeneye floating on a mountain lake in Glacier National Park. These ladies sure don't like getting close to people.

You guys, this was three dollars. I'm in shock. #bookbabesjuly my books and sun will just have to be the sun that is in my heart from having this in my house now. 🙌🏻🙌🏻

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