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.
Earlier this afternoon I was watching an anhinga fishing when he suddenly jumped up out of the water and onto a nearby stump with a fish stuck to his bill. The anhinga proceeded to pound and scrape the fish across the stump trying to get it off his bill so that he could gulp it down. The fish, of course, was not at all happy with how his day was shaping up and I strongly suspect he knew it would not end well.
After struggling for a couple of minutes, the anhinga finally swallowed his prize catch. Now that lunch was over the only thing left to do was climb to the top of the stump and triumphantly assume the wing drying pose!
This afternoon there were a couple of terns zipping around the salt marsh making me dizzy trying to follow them.
These tiny, super fast flyers are always a fun challenge to try tracking as they swoop and dive in search of their prey.
The terns almost look like miniature fighter jets as they blast their way around the marsh at hyper speeds.
Here are two of the four alligators I saw parked at the edge of the marsh pond this morning. They are out awaiting the warming trend in temperatures that we’re expecting to start today.
So far they have been a bit disappointed, it was cool and somewhat blustery out there, but things appear to be improving as the day moves along.
It’s not nice to fool the alligators with the weather forecast. If you promise them a warm sunny day, that’s what they expect!
Earlier this weekend a great egret came gliding across the reeds, took a hard right turn, and landed in the salt marsh directly in front of me.
Once I spotted the bright green lores around it’s eyes I realized that this bird was in breeding condition. The egret will also likely develop long back plumes which may be fanned out during courtship.
Other egrets and herons may display breeding color and plumage as well. The snowy egrets get bright reddish orange lores, while the great blue heron has bright blue around it’s eyes and the tricolored heron’s entire bill may turn a bright royal blue.
Always interesting to see nature in action.
There was a great blue heron bouncing around all over the salt marsh this afternoon trying desperately to catch this one certain fish.
The heron spotted the fish swimming in a sort of landlocked stream caused by the low tide and it was making him crazy.
First he flew directly toward me, then turned and went back across the opposite side. He finally did catch the fish but it was behind the reeds and then he flew away with his prize giving me little more than a parting butt shot as he departed.
But it was wild to see this bird frantically flying in short hops and dancing around the marsh in pursuit of it’s prey!