Face it! Birds Have Expressive Faces Too.

Papa Osprey’s expressive face is definitely one of my favorites! Here he’s watching me watching him. He tilts his head slightly, curious about the long black tube pointing at him. Click. Click.

Miss Rosa, the Roseate Spoonbill, has a photogenic face. Despite her very long spoon-like bill. And I think she knows it. Always poses happily for the camera.

roseate spoonbill FACEForaging birds often have that highly focused expression on their face. It’s necessary to focus all their attention on finding that one delicious piece of food. Here exemplified by the gracious Tri-colored Heron.

tri-colored heron FACEAnd the Little Blue Heron. Look at those eyes! Nothing can escape that stare.

portrait of little blue heron FACEThe reddish Egret often has a his clown face on, particularly when starting his hunting show. But don’t get fooled, he’s highly concentrated on his mission.

reddish egret all buffed up FACEWhen these birds catch a fish, or three, they show a happy face! Demonstrated here by the Great Egret.

great egret with three fish FACEThe Red-bellied Woodpecker has her sharp pecking tool embedded in a surprisingly soft face.

female red-bellied woodpecker FACEBut I can’t say the same about the Snowy Egret, especially when she has an itch right under her chin. Her face shows determination. Away with the itch. Scratch. Scratch.

snowy egret FACEThe Green Heron has a shy face. He looks away when noticing he’s observed. And pretends he’s nowhere to be seen.

green heron portrait FACEBirds, too, can have an old face. Scarred by life and full of wrinkles. Like this old American Black Vulture.

an old american tblack vulture FACEAnd they can have a face of a curious teenager. Just check out this young Muscovy Duck who has yet to learn to fly.

muscovy duck FACEAnd birds can have a face that shows contentment. Everything they need is right here. Right now. This is aptly demonstrated by the Yellow-crowned Night Heron. Here captured in the morning, after what I believe was a successful hunting session the previous night.

yellowcrowned night heron FACEI will have to end this “Faces from the Salt Marsh- series” by showcasing Mama Osprey. Her dancing face is as beautiful as her flowing dress 🙂

mama osprey FACEThe “salt marsh gang” wishes you all a pleasant week. You can find other interesting faces here.

86 thoughts on “Face it! Birds Have Expressive Faces Too.”

    1. Thank you G.P.! We don’t often think of birds having faces, but they do and many times those faces express quite a bit 🙂

  1. These are the most exquisite photos I dont know where to begin to comment. Ive never seen a roseate spoonbill. Then there is the Blue Heron – when i was a kid I read a wonderful Australian book called Pastures of the Blue Crane. It was set around the Kingscliff/Murwillumbah region, where blue cranes abounded. the book has stuck in my memory ever since, and your lovely pictures made me recall it.
    Thank you.

    1. Thank you for your visit to see our “salt marsh gang”. I am happy you liked them and that the Little Blue Heron brought good memories.

    1. Thank you! I love birds too and have a great bunch of them at the salt marsh close to my home. By now I know them all individually and they usually let me quite close.

    1. Thanks Hien! In some cases it was the long lens alone, in a few cases I was also able to get quite close without scaring them away before I could get a “shot”.

  2. My goodness, these facial captures of yours are simply STUNNING – the colour in them is simply exquisite – thank you so much for sharing!😀

    1. Thanks for your visit and kind comment, Jet. I have noticed that whenever I get close enough for a “portrait ” shot, I always find interesting expressions on their faces 🙂

  3. Not many of us can get up so closely to our feathered friends! Thanks for showing us their wonderful expressions and personalities. Have a great week Helen 😀

    1. I think you said it well, Karen, they have their own personalities, good days and not so good days. Just like us 🙂

    1. They have such interesting faces that every time I get close enough I tend to snap a “portrait “. When hunting they are totally concentrated and don’t care who is lurking around 😎

    1. I like that photo too. And I remember very well the situation when I took it. He left a lasting impression on me 🙂

    1. Yes they do! Although people don’t often notice their faces. Those birds in your latest post were wonderfully expressive! XX

  4. Beautiful photography Tiny! I also look for bird expressions as a chief goal in my photography,as it adds a dimension which adds a special touch to our photos.

    1. Thank you Ashley! Being close enough for a portrait is always a treat. Their expressions are so interesting to observe 🙂

  5. What a stunning set of portraits, Tiny! Miss Rosa is lovely, as usual, and I love the profile of the green heron. Also loving the close-up of the red-bellied woodpecker – we enjoy seeing the one that visits our suet feeders. My husband takes exception with it’s name, however, no matter how often I show him the guide book which clearly identifies it. 🙂

    1. Thank you Barbara, happy you liked the portraits of our friends at the salt marsh. Miss Rosa is wonderful to photograph because she really poses…instead of flying away 🙂 I think the woodpecker has a surprising softness to her (this is a female). You are lucky to have one visiting your feeders!

    1. The camera is quite a good face reader 🙂 I always learn much more looking at my pictures after bird encounters. The eyes are always the most interesting.

      1. We had a lot of our animal photos on PIcasa, and after awhile Picasa tried to do face recognition on them. It got quite good at recognising our cat. 🙂

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