Today was officially my last day of vacation and it was a fantastic day! The boyz and I got up surprisingly early, much earlier than we did all week, at 7am. It was gloomy and rainy out in the morning, so I stayed in to do some chores and work on getting things put away that I brought home from camp.
I made arrangements with my friend, Bob, to go up to the Esopus Park to photograph wildlife in the afternoon. When we arrived up there, we ran into my friend Justin and his pup, Holly. We all hung out all afternoon and it wound up being a fantastic day. We hung out and chatted and we enjoyed all the photography opportunities that came our way.
It started of slow, but then we were entertained with a green heron who was really close and stayed close for well over 3 hours. In fact, we left before he did. We watched him catch and eat small fish and baby eel. We had five different swans that hung out and got close, first it was a group of three and when they moved on, it was a pair that came in and bathed, preened, and put on a nice show. In the distance we watched the great egrets, a juvenile bald eagle, and a red tailed hawk. Towards the end of the day, we had a peregrine falcon land in the dead tree and eat a cedar waxing. He let us get really close to watch and photograph, but the light was really bad. Not so sure what kind of photo's I actually got of him.
In addition to all the bird activity, we had some B17 bombers fly by, a firefighter boat, and other water vessels. The photographing opportunities were endless. The opportunities were so fantastic that it was hard for me to choose a blog photo, but after going through some of my shots I couldn't resist making it one with the green heron with one of his many catches.