A photographic gallery of birds pictures taken by Irish photographer Rob Hemphill.

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schwabacher landing grand tetons

Mallard Morning Flight

Grand Tetons, Wyoming, USA

Schwabachers Landing is a boat landing spot on the Snake River located a few miles north of the town of Jackson Hole in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

This location is popular with photographers and naturalists alike, due to the wonderful sunrise reflections of the mountains in the calm waters (created by beavers dams) of the river. Wildlife, which includes moose, pronghorn, bald eagles and several water bird species, are frequently seen in the immediate vicinity.

barn owl pictures

Barn Owl

County Tipperary, Southern Ireland

This bird is thought to have consumed a pesticide infected rodent and was immediately transferred to a barn owl sanctuary for treatment. It soon recovered and was returned to its habitat.

There has been a notable decline in Barn owl numbers in Ireland. This is thought to be caused by the loss of suitable habitat due to various aspects of intensified agricultural practices.

pictures of pheasants

Pheasant in Flight

Speed of flight – South of England

Pheasants often break cover from a corn field, or vineyard in this instance at high speed. Feeding on ground cover, they have to rise through the crop and flee in haste. Expecting to hear the sound of gunshot as the shooting season starts, this bird put on a fly-past performance that was hard to follow!

Male birds are highly decorated with bright colours and have a longer tail than the females. They typically eat seeds and a few insects.

pink flamingo picture

Footloose – Pink Flamingo

Sifting for Food

This flamingo is searching for food, such as small crustaceans using its upturned bill in a gentle sweeping motion.

pictures of eagles in flight

Call of the Wild

North Carolina, U.S.

While paddling in a canoe on a peaceful stretch of swamp water in North Carolina, this bald eagle flew gracefully overhead to check out the visitors.

Paddling deep into the swamp, it wasn’t long before we located the eerie in a tall dead tree and were pleased to find two well grown chicks still at the site.

pictures of seagulls flying

Formation

Beaufort, North Carolina

Seagulls in search of a meal as they encircle the dock area. With several boats moored and occupied in this attractive small town on the North Carolina coastline, there is always an opportunity for food.

It was around these shores that the notorious pirate Black Beard, aka Edward Teach from England, plied his trade in the 17th and 18th-centuries. It was in Beaufort inlet that his ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge ran aground on a sandbar and was damaged beyond repair.

Crimson Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

Sylvan Heights Bird Park, North Carolina

The range of the scarlet ibis is very large, and colonies are found throughout vast areas of South America and the Caribbean islands.

Their long, thin bills are used to seek out food in soft muddy areas and under plant-life. Their diet consists of shrimps and certain insects, some of which are ground beetles and scarabs.

Flaming Pinks

Preening Flamingos

Preening Pretty Pink Flamingos

Flamingo comes from the Spanish word flamengo meaning, “flame-coloured”. These two birds were busying themselves in some late afternoon preening of feathers.

Flamingos normally stand on one leg while the other on is tucked underneath their body. This may allow the birds to conserve more body heat, as they are known to spend much of their time wading in cold water.

Dual Concentration

Dual Concentration – Macaws

Sylvan Heights Bird Park, North Carolina

The blue and yellow macaw is a large South American parrot, also referred to as macaws. The groups inhabit woodland and afforested areas of South America. However, they are under severe threat from poaching due to their close bonding to humans and are also widely traded in local markets.

Through the Keyhole

At First Sight – Macaw

Sylvan Heights Bird Park, North Carolina

Red-and-green macaws inhabit the forests and woodlands of northern and central South America. Sadly in recent years, as with other macaws, there has been a large decline in numbers due to illegal trading and loss of habitat.