Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Circle of Life…

I am posting from an RV resort on Hilton Head Island as Eddie and I make our way back to New York. Before heading home from Florida, we spent a few days camping at Disney World. The annual Flower & Garden Festival is being held at EPCOT, and I took my camera to the park to take pictures the flowers and topiary. In a pond at the China pavilion a bird was perched on a rock (I don't yet know what type of bird, because I haven't had a chance for online research) looking so still that at first I though it was a statue. It appeared to be stalking something, and after about ten minutes of staring, it dove into the water and came back to the rock with a prize. From my vantage point it looked like it had snagged a piece of water plant, which hardly seemed worth the effort. I snapped one last photo of the bird, and we went on our way. It wasn't until that night when I was downloading my photos into Lightroom, that I saw what the bird had really snagged.

Expand the post for camera and setting information.

Camera: Nikon D90 DSLR
Lens: Nikon 70-300mm VR
Focal length: 270mm
Shooting aperture priority at f/11 with the ISO was set to 200.


  1. When you find out which bird that is let me know. I wonder if it only lives in the southern portion of the US. Wonderful pictures.

  2. My friend Jean wrote to tell me that the bird is a Green Heron. I copied this information from the Cornell Extension Website:

    © Marie Read

    A small, stocky wading bird, the Green Heron is common in wet spots across much of North America. It can be difficult to see as it stands motionless waiting for small fish to approach within striking range, but it frequently announces its presence by its loud squawking.