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 afternoon there were a few egrets out fishing in the salt marsh among the oyster beds.
Suddenly one came swooping in and rudely chased off his friend. It’s not like there is only a tiny area to fish in, there is plenty of room for everybody. But not to these guys who take it personally when another bird invades ‘their’ spot!
I spotted this GBH spiffing himself up in the marsh this morning and thought maybe he already had breakfast and was doing a little after meal clean up.
But he quickly went right back at it, and about two minutes later had snagged a light continental breakfast. Our little fishie friend, however, did not seem at all pleased with how his morning was going.
Here is a photo I took this afternoon of an egret fishing.
Look closely at the fish’s face. At a quick first glance, do you see what appears to be a fish face kind of looking down with one red eye and one black eye and the bright highlighted spots being it’s mouth?
Or… do you see a face looking up with that red spot being the fish’s mouth and that black eye is it’s left eye with a tiny portion of it’s right eye appearing at the top?
Do you see both scenes? Do you need to refocus your eyes to see both? Which did you see first?
The second scenario is the correct one, what initially may have appeared to be a red right eye is actually the fish’s open mouth. Who saw that right off from the start? :-)
Everyone knows how great blue herons have a way of making a huge production out of just about anything they do. no matter how routine it may be.
They often feel compelled to loudly announce their comings and goings, and sometimes have to let the whole world know even when they are just standing around.
On an earlier occasion, when this GBH flew in from the back edge of the marsh and proceeded to land right in front of us, it sure looked like he wanted it to be a dramatic entrance. And of course, as usual, it was.