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.
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!