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 just as I was about to leave the marsh area, I spotted this young alligator hanging out along the edge of the water trying his best to look casual and cool.
He found a nice comfy spot amid the tall green grass to relax and also a perfect place to rest his chin. I think this little guy has the right idea!
This afternoon I arrived at the marsh area and immediately noticed a now familiar site at the edge of the salt marsh.
Same tree, same branch, same eagle, different day. Plus, he was giving me that look again.
Ok, I know it’s yet another grey, rainy, cool, windy day and everyone is sick of it. But at least this time the heavy rain held off, so I hoped I might be able to get a jump off and possibly a flight shot if the eagle decided to leave his favorite tree at any point.
So I did indeed wait, and after about half an hour I could see the eagle was beginning the get restless. (actually he relieved himself, and yes I have a photo) so I was ready for a potential jump off.
And that’s just what he did, and as usual he took a hard right immediately after clearing the branches and in a blink was all the way across the marsh.
I have to admit though, it was great seeing the big guy again. (If I’m allowed to refer to both Mr. A and the eagle as “the big guy”) :-)
We had an alligator out feeding in the salt marsh this morning during low tide. He was swimming back and forth among the oyster beds scooping up mouthfuls of small fish for the time I was there. Alligators don’t live in the salt water but will visit whenever they think the fishing might be good. They actually prefer fresh crabs, but it’s a little early yet to be seeing crabby out there.
Soon though, the fog rolled in followed by a torrential downpour.
I took this last photo with my phone just prior to running for the car and getting soaked in the process. If you look in the water in the lower center area, you will see our pal still out there fishing.
A Bald Eagle sitting in a pine tree at the edge of the salt marsh this afternoon did not seem to be at all pleased with the wind and rain we’re getting today…and he wanted to let everyone know about it!
Well, he can join the club because I wasn’t happy about it either. In fact I waited for a while hoping to get flight shots of this guy when he took off, but he just sat there looking aggravated until the rain finally drove me away.
There was an osprey fishing nearby and perhaps the eagle was waiting for the osprey to catch a fish, or maybe he was just waiting for the rain to stop. I had the advantage there though, because looking at the weather radar I could see that a huge rain storm was heading right for us from out over the ocean. So I knew we could expect nothing but wet weather for the rest of the day.
Inside for a little TV watching for me. Outside, sitting in the rain in his tree for the eagle.
I know I have snacks, the eagle can either go get his own, or continue to wait for the osprey. Wonder which one he chose?
Not a whole lot going on around the marsh this afternoon.
At the water’s edge we had an anhinga giving me a look. Also, an alligator laying down in the soft grass giving me ‘the’ look.
At one point a white pelican did a brief circle overhead about a mile up. I hoped the pelican would land in the marsh pond, but no luck.
So that’s about it for today. :-)
Tricolored Herons will often put up their wings and get all excited and start ‘dancing’ around when they spot a fish. This Tri put on a bit of a show while fishing in the salt marsh during low tide earlier this week. I saw him snag a couple of small fish so he was in the right spot.
His bright blue bill and reddish head and tail plumage indicate our friend here is in breeding condition.
This morning I was watching an anhinga fishing in the marsh and he was doing quite well, floating in and out and catching several small fish.
Normally, when an anhinga is done fishing, it will make it’s way over to a portion of land because the bird has to stand around for a while and dry off the stretched out wings. But this guy suddenly burst up out of the water and flew off in a huge hurry. They can fly with wet wings if they need to but that’s usually reserved for an emergency situation such as evading a stalking alligator.
I suspected that might be the case here but I never did see an alligator although one could have been submerged and in stealth mode.
Perhaps this fellow just remembered he was late for a lunch date with the lovely Mrs. Anhinga…