Because I am usually trying to display a bird’s unique characteristics, I usually crop photos to present just the bird. In reality, the bird is a tiny bit of information in the middle of the photo because typically I have to maintain my distance to be privy to these beauties and my camera lens is only so powerful.
Today I present photos that I find quite pleasing, because they offer a glimpse of the world in which that bird actually exists. I like the serenity that most of these shots impart.
Oh, and yes! That is a Belted Kingfisher you see in the top of a tree. I was incredibly surprised to watch it fly in, hang out for a few minutes, nab a snack from our pond, and then fly off! It was exciting to witness.