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.
On a recent morning this white ibis caught a small crab (which they love) in the salt marsh during low tide.
After catching a crab, an ibis will typically snap off the claws first and usually eat them right away. Then the legs come off one by one until all that is left of poor crabby is a disk like hockey puck shaped structure. The remaining portion can then be wolfed down whole or broken up into small easier to manage bites.
Here the ibis skips that last part and goes right for the
This morning a young anhinga came up out of the marsh with a decent size fish.
But by the time we saw it, the bird must have really beat up on this poor fish, as it was looking more than a little bit rough around the edges.
The anhinga did however manage to get the fish down that long skinny neck.
As is often the case in this area of the marsh, there are many types of vegetation which can get in the way of photos. But I kind of didn’t mind these because I thought they made sort of interesting and colorful geometric shapes.
Well the big news over at the marsh this morning was the surprise re-appearance of our pal “Radar” who has been MIA since early Feb. 2015, almost a year and a half ago.
For those that don’t know the story… “Radar” is a great egret that was fitted with a solar powered transmitter and two antennas as part of a tracking program. When he became missing we couldn’t locate any of his original taggers and are not even sure now if anyone is still keeping any track of the boy.
We have been following him for over five years as the earliest photos of him I can find on my files are from Feb. 2011.
So where has he been for all this time?!? We heard reports that he was spotted at one point early this Spring in a nearby rookery so if that’s the case then he found himself a girlfriend.
But that never previously stopped him from returning to the marsh where he was always Head Egret In Charge. “Radar” even stood up to the alligators and even they seemed to recognize and respect his authority.
So we hope he sticks around for a while, but he is going to have some work to do getting all the other birds in line now that the sheriff is back in town!
An alligator was sneaking around in the marsh yesterday morning trying to intimidate a little snowy egret as a wood stork solemnly stood watch.
Soon the wood stork had some friends arrive, but so did the alligator. It all eventually ended as a stalemate once the alligators slunk off and the wood storks went back about their usual business of fishing and fussing with each other.