Bird on a Wire


When photographing wildlife, we strive for all natural habitat shots.

But birds do love to perch on a wire.

So here’s a bird on a wire…..times 17!



The one that surprised me was the White Ibis.Β  I’ve never seen one of them perched on a wire before or since.

Can you pick a favorite?

(all photos taken in Everglades City, Florida)



61 thoughts on “Bird on a Wire

    • Thank you, Ellen! The Kestrels were an easy to find bird in town in the mornings and evenings, it was a special treat for me. I just commented to Ted that I’d never seen Cormorants on wires before either, but down in the Everglades/Big Cypress Preserve along 41 Tamiami Trail, they line the wires all along the road. With the constant breezes, I couldn’t believe they could perch like that! It became quickly ‘a norm’ to me, and no big deal, lol. πŸ˜‰

        • And being webbed to boot! Dang it, I wish I’d photographed them more, lined up on the wires. It’s a wonder they didn’t fall off, swaying back and forth. I was too busy chasing the herons, egrets, & pelicans….and looking for rosies, lol.

    • Thank you, Imorgana! I think the Ibis was showing the Cormorant it could do it too! πŸ˜‰ But, the Ibis didn’t last long, it didn’t like the swaying in the breeze. I couldn’t blame him! The hawk has its own story series with its mate, I hope to share for another post. πŸ™‚

    • The Ibis teetered there for only a little bit and then haphazardly took off! I think it was, “wonder if I can perch here like the Cormorant” and realized. not so well, lol. Thank you, John!!

  1. What a collection, Donna! I’ve also never seen a white ibis or a cormorant on a wire… How curious. πŸ˜‰ In fact, I can’t recall seeing even a cardinal on a wire very often. Picking my favorite shot is easy… I love your kestrel! What a beautiful bird and beautiful photo it is!

    • Thank you! Seeing bigger birds on wires does catch my eye, but whoa I was quite surprised with the White Ibis up there swaying with the breezes. I just knew s/he’d fly before I got a shot, but I lucked out. πŸ™‚ Oh, the Kestrels of the town were quite endearing, so small, but oh-so fierce! They are beauties!

  2. The ibis because there is something about that name I like, and because of its association with ancient egyptian religion, and because more than all the others it looks so out of place on that wire. Also the cormorant because of its green eye.

    • Thank you, Belinda! I almost fell off my birding mobile trying to get a photo before s/he flew off, it didn’t look like it was comfortable with the swaying. The take-off wasn’t so elegant either. πŸ™‚

  3. They may be perched on a cable, but, they are all beautiful and your photos, excellent! Thanks for the collection, Donna. πŸ™‚

  4. I will always lean toward our state bird…Cardinals. But, all of them are beautiful. I do love the birds of prey. I’d never seen a Common Ground Dove close up. Mourning Dove, yes. See them & hear them all the time. I’ve never heard of a Phoebe bird. Shrikes look like bandits. LOL!

  5. They are all pretty Donna, hard to pick a favourite. But certainly some of them are hardly to be seen on the wire (especially the bigger ones)πŸ™‚

  6. That Ibis shot is incredible. I’ve never managed to get anywhere near as close to one. Perhaps they don’t like our wires? (More likely, we just don’t have that many of them here.)

    You’re missing any swallows. We have them perched on the wires here and occasionally a phoebe. Looks like the swallows have been taking a close look at the old nest box. Haven’t seen any at the new house, but it’s in a spot that’s harder to keep an eye on. Maybe more swallows and chickadees this year. Eric built a bigger box- sized for a duck, or an owl. We opted to put it where the barred owl might set up housekeeping. Putting it down by the creek (for a duck) would be impossible to see from the house and there wasn’t a great place to mount it. We shall see…. (what fun!)

    • Thank you, Gunta! Not sure how and why the White Ibis perched there, it was really ‘out of place’ for sure! πŸ˜ƒ Oh I hope you get an owl family, that would be awesome to watch. Always fun to see who decides to befriend your backyard! Hopefully, Alvin, Simon and Theodore don’t mind!

  7. I have a lot of these bird-on-a-wire photos, too, Donna. I always wonder what birds used to do before wires criss-crossed the country. I assume they like them because they provide high perches and a good overview of the area.
    It’s hard to pick a favorite–I like them all.

    • Thank you, Tanja! What they used to do was use all the trees that were demolished to bring in those wires. 😞 Birds like their 360 degrees view….me too if I could have a view like that! 😊

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