I previously worked as a news and sports photographer. Recently I have been enjoying wildlife photography. My approach toward bird photos is similar to sports photography. I attempt to capture mostly action and hopefully a unique perspective.
Yesterday evening we were watching this green heron fishing in the salt marsh during low tide. Green herons are compact, active, and very intelligent birds that are also quite skilled at hunting down a meal.
After stalking a fish near an oyster clump, the excited heron quickly rushes out of the water with it’s catch. The idea of bringing the fish onto land is that if the little greenie were to drop his fish (and they often do drop them) the fish will not be able to swim away, and it can still be picked back up and swallowed down.
I saw this green heron catch four or five fish like this a short amount of time while several egrets, blue herons, ibis, and wood storks in the same area were still going for their first!
On a previous visit to the salt marsh, this great blue heron came gliding in on a mission. When he landed back in among the reeds, it appeared that might be exactly where he would spend the afternoon. But within two minutes he came walking out to water’s edge to begin hunting for lunch.
I liked the way his eye was still visible through all the reeds in the landing shots.
Alligators can often be quite sneaky. They can lurk underwater and surface just at the right (or wrong…depending on perspective) time.
So earlier this week I noticed this big guy trying to act all casual at the edge of the marsh pond. I almost didn’t see him because he was trying to use the tall grass to conceal himself from view as he maneuvered his nose in position right in front of where I was standing.
But I knew what he was up to. Our gator friend was attempting to trap some fish up against the edge of the water where they would be easy pickings. Once he caught one he got all excited and the stealthiness went right out the window. When a big alligator gets himself all excited and starts splashing around in the water, scooping up weeds along with fish, they are fairly tough to miss.
This anhinga fishing in the marsh pond yesterday afternoon might look like he’s having a fun time but fishing is serious business.
The fact that anhingas will flip a fish off their sharp bill and catch it head first in mid air is just an added bonus that makes dinner prep a bit more entertaining! :-)