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.
Foraging 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.
And the Little Blue Heron. Look at those eyes! Nothing can escape that stare.
The 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.
When these birds catch a fish, or three, they show a happy face! Demonstrated here by the Great Egret.
The Red-bellied Woodpecker has her sharp pecking tool embedded in a surprisingly soft face.
But 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.
The Green Heron has a shy face. He looks away when noticing he’s observed. And pretends he’s nowhere to be seen.
Birds, too, can have an old face. Scarred by life and full of wrinkles. Like this old American Black Vulture.
And they can have a face of a curious teenager. Just check out this young Muscovy Duck who has yet to learn to fly.
And 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.
I 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 🙂
The “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.”
HE is telling you that you are getting a little too close! Smile…
He might, although he generally tolerates me well 😀
what a great expression and photo
Thank you Eddie!
You picked perfect examples to prove your title’s statement!! Terrific!!
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 🙂
Excellent post, wonderful photos.
Happy you enjoyed the post, Victor. Means a lot.
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 for your visit to see our “salt marsh gang”. I am happy you liked them and that the Little Blue Heron brought good memories.
Lovely collection of birds…great photos. (Suzanne)
Happy you enjoyed the “faces” of the salt marsh friends, Suzanne.
Great ‘captures’, Helen. Am forwarding this to my grandchildren.
Thank you Christine. I hope they enjoy these birds, and that you’re having a good day.
Stunning!! Breath-taking shots!! Love birds. Love your talent!! (Envy your camera!)
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.
These are so beautifully composed, and the expressions captured are really amazing. Thank you.
Thank you for your visit and kind words, LW.
I love your neighborhood.
I do too 🙂 These fellows are quite interesting in so many ways.
Excellent close-ups of those faces. You either have a good long lens or got very close, or maybe both!
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”.
What a lovely set of pictures, thank you so much.
Happy you enjoyed them, Susan. My favorite faces to photograph 🙂
I love these bird faces! Stanley’s expressive face is just awesome!! 🙂
He will be happy to hear that 😀 Thanks, Amy!
My goodness, these facial captures of yours are simply STUNNING – the colour in them is simply exquisite – thank you so much for sharing!😀
These guys are very good models 😄 Thanks Joanne!
Another wonderful day in the neighborhood. Thanks Helen! 🙂
So happy you came along, Brad! Hope your week has started well 🙂
Thanks Helen. I’m enjoying my trip and time with Mom. take care…
Great gallery Tiny! 🙂
You know these guys, they are great models 🙂 thanks H.J. !
Love the close-ups! This shouldn’t happen, but always does – the vultures always seem to me to have a remarkable beauty, despite what we think of them. 😉
I think so too. This one made an impression on me. Her have was so old but “thoughtful ” somehow.
Thanks Cyndi! I have not taken many portraits of people, but somehow had a large selection of bird portraits 🙂
I really enjoyed this lovely array of bird face photos, Tiny, and your point is well documented. Amazing close-ups, such a treat.
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 🙂
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 😀
I think you said it well, Karen, they have their own personalities, good days and not so good days. Just like us 🙂
Gorgeous faces and their eyes show such concentrated concentration.
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 😎
The green heron was my favourite face in your wonderful gallery.
The colors of that Green Heron came out so nicely in the sunshine that morning. I like that one too.
Fantastic header photo of Papa Osprey, Helen – that look is so piercingly intense; it’s quite amazing.
I like that photo too. And I remember very well the situation when I took it. He left a lasting impression on me 🙂
I Agree, birds do have such expressive faces. I love them all! ❤
Yes they do! Although people don’t often notice their faces. Those birds in your latest post were wonderfully expressive! XX
Truly beautiful images, Helen. Can’t highlight one more than another; they are all wonderful… 🙂
Thank you Carolyn! I love when I can get close enough for a portrait on any of these fellows 🙂
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.
Thank you Ashley! Being close enough for a portrait is always a treat. Their expressions are so interesting to observe 🙂
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. 🙂
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!
Tiny, what an excellent face reader you are. And the ‘eyes’ definitely have it, all. 😉
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.
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. 🙂
That is funny!!
Great set of photos. Expressive indeed!
Thanks Kathy! You know that birds can express so many emotions and other things 🙂
Vielen Dank, Alois!
These are beautiful!
Glad you liked them, Irene!
Breath-taking – I love these photos. Make me want to see more of your work.
Following you now. Have a great day! 🙂
Happy you enjoyed the portraits of our feathery friends in the salt marsh 🙂
I’ve always wanted to photograph birds but never had the opportunity.
Maybe one day you can 🙂
A post full of expressions, nicely done.
Glad you liked their expressive faces, Maverick.
Love the spoonbill. The egret. The woodpecker. Live them all!
I love them all too, particularly when they agree to pose for my camera. Tanks David.
2 Kewl fer Skewl” 🙂 birdskewl dat is……..
Beautiful faces of beautiful birds! Fabulous close-ups!!