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.
It has been very windy with strong gusts around the marsh the past few days. That is not very good flight weather for the birds and many are choosing to delay any optional flying.
But when it becomes absolutely necessary to move to another area they have no choice. This great blue heron was struggling a bit as it flew close to the trees, but these guys know how to use their big wings to full advantage. Sometimes making the body as streamlined as possible when flying helps tremendously in navigating these rather inhospitable conditions.
This past weekend we saw a pelican come up with a huge fish in the salt marsh. The pelican struggled with the fish for a while but something didn’t look right to us, and apparently not to the pelican either.
The fish was barely moving, so it was likely close to dead, and the bird must have concluded something was wrong so it was best to not eat it. The pelican dropped the fish back into the water, where it kind of slowly just floated away, and the pelican took off to try to find another big dinner elsewhere.
A baby can be an exciting time for a new parent, but it’s also a lot of work. The local area mated pair of bald eagles hatched their chick over a month ago and mom and dad have been very busy every minute since then.
But from the expression on dad’s face as he was flying around on a recent afternoon, he just might be a little worn out already. I thought he had kind of a sad sack or hang dog look on his face and I’m not sure if he was out hunting for baby food or just taking a head clearing flight as a short break from child care.
Bald eagle babies grow fast and seem to be just about always hungry so these parents have a lot more to do in the coming weeks!
Earlier this week we had a group of snowy egrets fishing in the salt marsh during low tide. But of course snowys being snowys…they can not simply just fish together. Oh no, a significant amount of drama and acting out is always required.
They might all start out with the best of intentions to just catch some fish. But it doesn’t take long for someone to get fluffed and that means someone else needs to be chased. Typical snowys, it always has to be something.
This afternoon, a great blue heron launched himself up out of the reeds in the salt marsh, no doubt on his way to chase off some other bird that he didn’t like.
He also had a few choice comments on his way out which is typical for these guys. They often seem compelled to loudly announce their comings and goings.
We have had more then our fair share of dreary, rainy, overcast skies lately. This recent osprey flight is an example of how the grey sky makes an almost totally white background.
But as with all the area birds, they still have to get out there and hunt down a meal despite how dismal the flying weather may be.