“Backyard” Fly-Bys

Besides Bella & Beau (although they do get top billing!), there is a lot more wildlife activity that I see from my balcony around my waterfront ‘backyard’ that can keep a nature-lover entertained.

There are birds always flying by.  It’s whether I see and can capture them in time or not.  Sometimes I get lucky.

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Mallard (male)



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Double-crested Cormorant



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Great Blue Heron



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Barn Swallow



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Green Heron



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Black-crowned Night-Heron



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Spotted Sandpiper



Of course, Bella & Beau do fly-bys also, so I’ll include of images of them I haven’t shared previously.

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Female Osprey (Bella)



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Male Osprey (Beau)



Sometimes Bella & Beau like to fly by me real close to check me out.

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Female Osprey (Bella saying “Hi” to me)


Oh, to fly like a bird, how awesome that would be….


48 thoughts on ““Backyard” Fly-Bys

    • Thank you Ellen! I am spoiled here. I have six windows and a sliding glass door in an open floor plan from kitchen & dining room to living room. I’m always seeing something out of the corner of my eye, thinking ohhhh or what was that, lol. Dare I say it is kind of distracting? 😉

  1. The point is that you are a good photographer capable of capturing these images in flight. We all know how difficult it can be, but you manage to nail them. It’s a treat to watch your photos. I really enjoy your work Donna.

    • Awwwww….thank you Alix! It’s been 8-9 years of practice and tossing a billion shots in the recycle bin. 😉 Of course, the bigger the bird the easier! I am having a very challenging time with the Barn Swallows, they are flying all directions everywhere around the docks. They are a work in progress for sure, lol. BTW, been looking for some captures from your Smokey Mtns trip or are you still there enjoying? 🙂

      • I’m still out of town Donna. Patience is golden and I hope you won’t be disappointed. Lol. Not too many for the trip was more because of family gatherings. But I was able to squeeze time to get some shots. Thanks.

  2. Clearly you are enjoying your new home on the waterfront, Donna, and what a treat for us, too. Fantastic fly-by shots of so many different water birds. How great that you have so many different species in one area. Much appreciated.

    • Thank you, Jet, we are. It’s been a blessing for us to recoup & regroup our life after my accident & recovery. We know life throws those nasty curve balls we are not expecting. I hope you & Athena have been able to establish good roots and are able to lift up to look beyond to a promising future. There was a time Rick & I couldn’t, but we now are seeing life again. 🙂

  3. I’m not sure which would be better. To be able to fly like a bird or swim like a dolphin. Ideally I could do both – on alternating weeks. 🙂

    • Thank you, Terry! The night-heron was my favorite too, I almost added a second shot of him, I got six total. 🙂 I’d only gotten to photograph one twice before ever, so he was a special fly-by!

    • I am so sorry to hear this, Maralee. If they were incubating, the eggs someway didn’t survived. Or maybe they didn’t actually mate but still went through their instincts of establishing a nest/home. Keep watching, they should still be around the area, wanting to keep ownership of the nest til the end of the season so they can return to retake it as theirs next year. I hope you see them this week! 🙂

  4. Terrific photos as usual Donna! And finally a fantastic photo of a Night Heron. I have never seen one in person but this photo is outstanding! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Can you see how nice it can be being in touch with avians lives? It happens in any location of the world, at any time. The birds lives are a parallel to our lives. We blend our emotions well, we become one of them! Your photos are excellent as always, thank you Donna! 🙂

  6. Great images of all the flying birds! I think that the swallow is the most impressive, they dart about so quickly that it’s hard to keep them in the viewfinder for me to come close to that.

  7. Looks to me like you’re settling in to enjoy this kink life threw at you. It’s not always what you might have expected, but there are times when it turns out worth it. That shot of Bella saying hi is priceless!!! ❤ Love it.

  8. Absolutely amazing photos of birds in flight! Very clean and crisp images. I especially love the ones of Bella checking you out and of the night heron.

    • Thank you Sue! I love when Bella & Beau do a fly-by of me, they really do look right at me. I can even hear their wings flap they are so close! That Night Heron was special, I rare see them and that one was the second to appear here in a couple weeks.

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