Herons, Swans, Outtakes, and CFFC – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Funny

I’m a heron-stalker when it comes to photography, always looking for a close up of a stately bird, the more regal the pose, the better. It’s rare that I can get close enough to try.

Wading Heron at Squaw Creek/Loess Bluffs Wildlife Preserve - Mound City MO

At Squaw Creek/Loess Bluffs Wildlife Refuge, Mound City MO

But the funny part is, the birds must sense a camera is nearby. And they’re fast. The joke is almost always on the photographer — they can fly away in an instant, or like this:  turn their backs and shake that booty…

On a recent trip to Piedmont Park in Atlanta, I found the resident heron unusually close to the turtle pond… until I got there with my camera. Then s/he took off. I whipped my camera out to catch the flight. The thumbnail on my viewing screen looked great. Then I downloaded the picture.

Heron in Piedmont Park, Atlanta

Oops, those chicken-legs don’t look so stately after all.

Swans are just as bad. Here’s what happened when I tried for a photos of a graceful three …

Three graceful swans? No - two took a dive

Three graceful swans? Nope — two took a last-minute dive.

What’s a photographer to do but keep trying?

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6 thoughts on “Herons, Swans, Outtakes, and CFFC – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Funny

  1. I thought the photo of the Heron was really good, chicken legs or not! It’s so hard to capture birds in flight. And also good timing that it shook its booty at you 🙂 Sometimes I just like to click along without much thought and hope I got the shot I wanted.

  2. I got a good laugh out of these! I inevitably miss these shots also, but I kind of like all of yours. The ones in the stick-filled pond are nice abstract wildlife art, and the leggy one is just fun to study anatomically – so fragile!

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