Just for Fun – A Silly Genre

As any honest wildlife photographer can attest, there’s nothing “rare” about the subject of a photo suddenly leaping or flying or running just out of the frame as the shutter trips.

© Babsje (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Most photographers never let those photos see the light of day, but not Lyle from Krahnpix, who boldly posted his Inaugural Butt Collection last fall.

The moment this Bald Eagle cruised directly over my head, I was reminded of Lyle’s great collection (click here).

The way the sunlight paints the underside of the eagle’s wing in this photo gives it some artistic merit, but file this post under just for fun.


Thanks to Cheri Lucas Rowlands and WordPress for their Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Move. The Bald Eagle was definitely on the move, stroking his enormous wings handily as he flew directly over my head.

Thanks once again to Stewart Monckton for his Wild Bird Wednesday prompt.

Thanks to Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless Wednesday challenge.


A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2014 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Bald Eagle

Posted on May 15, 2014, in Art, Audubon, Bald eagle, Bird photography, Humor, Nature, Photography, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wild Bird Wednesday, Wildlife Photography, Wordless Wednesday and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. I love Lyle’s sense of humor, not to mention his great wild life shots! Glad to see you joining the fun with the butts shots! 😀

  2. I am quite amused that when you got a butt shot you thot of me. At the rate I collect them I may soon be due for more of those posts! Thanks for the shout out.

  3. Any photo of an eagle is a good one, even a butt shot. For some species, a good butt shot is important to help one ID what species the bird in question is.

    • Glad you like the eagle, and you’re right. Now that you mention it, you looked at the rear quarter of a bird of prey in flight on one of my photos and identified it from the feathers there as a Northern Harrier Hawk. So, you’re right: butt shots can be very useful. Who knew?!

      • I’ve learned that if I have any doubt about a species, to shoot every possible angle.

        • That’s actually very good advice, thanks for the reminder. Also, after reading about your research on lenses, I have suddenly been bitten by the lens upgrade bug. I blame the eagles’ nest for being so inaccessibly far away.

  4. laurie27wsmith

    Isn’t it always the same, you either get the wrong end or forget to change a setting. I raced out one day onto the lawn, a Wedgetail eagle flew past outside. I grabbed the camera off the table, it had the 500mm lens on it and I forgot to boost up the exposure. I focused, snapped away and took three full frame shots before he left. They were all out of focus. I shed a tear or two. 😦

  5. well said and a great take, keep clicking

  6. Great shot “just for fun”, Babsje. I’m lucky if I even get a wing tip, as by the time I’ve got focused, the bird has flown. 🙂

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