Catching Up – Early August

I have been spending some time at the lake, I just haven’t been writing and uploading the pictures. I really do appreciate the time it takes to keep current on websites, especially because I look at a few and I do enjoy seeing new photos.

I have made the effort to go by the lake even though it is extremely hot. I get this feeling that I will miss something if I don’t go but the funny thing is that if I don’t go how will I know if I missed something. It’s like a puzzle. What to do? I usually go because you aren’t going to get anything sitting inside even if it is air conditioned. 🙂

Something I have to share is that I have started using Photoshop, thanks to Robert. It has made a difference and now I see what everyone meant when they told me that it would take some photos up a notch or two. For as long as I have been taking photos (almost 10 years) I had only cropped an occasional photo. I mostly try to use natural lighting and frame the scene as I’m taking the photo because the final product would pretty much be what came out of the camera. I’m glad I came to Photoshop later than earlier because I feel that it made me more disciplined with what I capture. Sure, I’ve missed quite a few shots because of this but I’m okay with that.

It may be hot in August but the birds still need to be out and about. Here are some photos over 4 days in early August.

Eastern Kingbird at Sunset Bay
Eastern Kingbird at Sunset Bay
August 2nd Sunset
August 2nd Sunset
Great Blue Heron stretching at the spillway - I like catching the water with the green tree reflections.
Great Blue Heron stretching at the spillway – I like catching the water with the green tree reflections.
Egret at the spillway
Egret at the spillway
Great Blue Heron - He looks like he's talking.
Great Blue Heron – He looks like he’s talking.
Sneaking By - The Egret slowly walked behind the Great Blue Heron.  This little episode has happened before and the Great Blue Heron usually begins to hop and flap toward the other bird.  Not this time.  But he did keep an eye on the egret.
Sneaking By – The Egret slowly walked behind the Great Blue Heron. This little episode has happened before and the Great Blue Heron usually begins to hop and flap toward the other bird. Not this time. But he did keep an eye on the egret.
Western Kingbirds - There were about 5 or 6 that just kept flying around.  This one made the resting one move out of the way.
Western Kingbirds – There were about 5 or 6 that just kept flying around. This one made the resting one move out of the way.
Snowy Egret - I found this snowy egret at T & P Hill.  If you haven't watched a snowy carefully, you really should.  They use their legs in such an amusing way when looking for food.
Snowy Egret – I found this snowy egret at T & P Hill. If you haven’t watched a snowy carefully, you really should. They use their legs in such an amusing way when looking for food.
Black-crowned Night Heron at the spillway - There were several animals out and about on this particular evening.
Black-crowned Night Heron at the spillway – There were several animals out and about on this particular evening.
Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron - I almost missed this one.
Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron – I almost missed this one.
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - I was watching the herons when this scissor-tail landed in the tree right above me.
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – I was watching the herons when this scissor-tail landed in the tree right above me.
Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron - I like that this was an evening shot.  I think the colors blend beautifully.
Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron – I like that this was an evening shot. I think the colors blend beautifully.