I experienced a new bird breed yesterday when visiting the State Botanical Garden in Athens, Georgia. Joyce saw this elegant bird flying by first and we spotted where he landed, high on a bare branch. It was very had to figure out what it was for a number of reasons. First, I had never seen one of these before and second, it was approaching high-noon so, it was hard to pick out details of a white brested bird against the clouds and brilliant sun.
Joyce thought it may be an eagle and I thought it was a hawk of some sort until I saw it through my lens. When I got a better look, I thought it might be an Osprey but, they don’t have the white head like this. I have to credit David Akoubian for identifying this bird for me. Being the great “bird nerd” that he is, he came back quickly with an ID on it.
I was lucky that I brought my long Tamron lens on this trip. We heard that there were lots of hummingbirds at the gardens so, I hauled the big gun along. Never expected to see this kind of sight but I’m glad that we did!
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/11 – 1/1000 sec – ISO 250