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.
Well…no one has seen our pink friends in three or four days now, so we strongly suspect they have left the area. However we are optimistic that some will return since Sept. has historically been an active month for spoonbills around the marsh.
In the meantime I still have lots of never before seen spoonie photos available for posting including these jump offs from earlier this week which I hope y’all like.
The only sad part is that this is probably exactly what it looked like when they took off a few days ago…
This afternoon there were several small alligators (4-5 feet) out in the marsh. Usually we call any alligator five feet or under a ‘baby’ and that’s what these guys were, but there were all acting like big boys.
The first one I saw cruised over to greet me and then he got busy checking out the edge of the pond for fish and crabs.
I saw another little guy over in the salt marsh and he really had the fish jumping. Of course he had quite a few of these yummy fish snacks for his lunch. He also had something unknown balanced on the top of his nose, which remained there even as he fished.
Another young gator suddenly made a bee line for something and I quickly found out what caught his interest. It was a nice crunchy crab which he seemed thrilled to munch down.
Two other little guys were floating but not moving, right beneath my location and I soon found out what there were up to. They would pick a spot and remain motionless with the bottom part of their mouth open under the water. As soon as some unsuspecting critter swims by the trap snaps shut!
Well, they may not be near as large as the real huge alligators but they sure acted like ten footers out there today. That is exactly as it should be, if a little guy wants to grow up to be a big guy, he has to have all the tricks and techniques down perfectly in order to survive.
Quite often, people come up to me and say… ‘Hey, Phil, I know you take some nice shots of birds and other wildlife but have you ever thought about taking flower photos? I bet you could take some nice ones!’
Ok, that’s totally made up, nobody ever says that to me, I came up with the idea all on my own.
This morning, since none of our pink spoonbill visitors were around, as soon as I spotted these lovely pink blooms at the edge of the marsh I figured this would be a great opportunity to try out flower photography. So here ya go, this is my experiment, hope y’all like it!
Oh, BTW… while I was there some alligator munched down a nice size flounder that he caught.
We had a few spoonbills out in the salt marsh this morning and they were quite active the entire time.
One in particular stood out because it looked like he was trying out a new dance routine by showing off some fancy footwork in among the oyster beds.
After the performance was concluded, he looked quite pleased with himself and appeared ready to accept the applause of the adoring crowd.
In truth, it was quite entertaining and I personally would love to see the show again some time!