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 we had 20-30 wood storks in the salt marsh feeding and flying around during low tide.
But this pair clearly stood out from the pack as they totally ignored the other storks and it became obvious they had a special connection. They were fishing together, they took time to carefully groom each other, and then they finally settled in for some quiet cuddle time.
Sometimes we say a wood stork has a face only a mother could love. Or…another wood stork. :-)
On a recent afternoon in the salt marsh I was not at all surprised to see a pair of snowy egrets engaged in an altercation. As best as I can determine, snowys spend approx. 60% of their lives fussing and squabbling with one another. The remaining 40% will be divided among feeding, mating (I don’t know how they manage to stop fighting long enough to accomplish that), flying around and resting.
But if two snowy egrets find themselves in the same spot at the same time you can usually count on a fully fluffed up incident to occur.
It’s snowys being snowys, that’s what they do!
For quite a while I have been posting photos of crabs being eaten by other animals (usually alligators) and it got to the point where I started to think of crabs as only being food for other species. But of course crabs themselves have to eat too, especially if they want to grow up to be big guys like this blue crab I found in the salt marsh earlier this month. He was snacking on all sorts of tiny marine life that were floating by his way.
I was watching him skitter along sideways in the shallow salt water and grab things in those large pincher claws and shove it all into his mouth. At this point it would have been cruel to see some gator or bird come along and try to make a meal of crabby, but not on this day.
Our crabby friend was the one doing all the snacking!
Last week I was watching this tricolored heron fishing in the marsh. Tricolors are patient and determined hunters. They will stalk an area for a long time until finally shooting out that long neck to grab a fish.
Sometimes all that work only gets the heron a tiny snack, but for them a large part of it seems to be the thrill of the hunt!
An egret flies across the marsh with a fresh caught early morning meal.
Sometimes it’s a good idea to move over to a more quiet area where you are free to eat breakfast alone. Especially if there are other birds in the area (I’m talking to you Great Blue Heron!) that may have ideas of taking your meal away from you!