Spoonie Gets Photobombed
So last week I was watching this spoonbill in the marsh pond, concentrating on it’s reflection and hoping to get some interesting views. Spoonie was posing nicely and being very well mannered when suddenly a snowy egret marches itself right into my shot, bumps spoonie from behind and photobombs the scene! This of course creates ripples in the water which ends up spoiling the reflection potential, but snowball didn’t care, his work here was done and he just continued on his merry way!
The egret looks completely unrepentant for that photobomb.
Oh he is completely unrepentant for sure! Those snowys are small birds with large attitudes. 🙂
Invece le foto sono splendide, anche se è passato l’intruso 🙂
Sono felice che ti piace la foto. Questo uccello bianco è un ragazzo saggio 😀
Thank you very much Dina!
On the other hand…. what I wouldn’t do for a nice close shot of the bomber…. 😉
If you visit here I guarantee many shots of the always active and frequently rambunctious snowys. 🙂
A tad too many miles for a shot of the elusive snowy.
Yes that is true but we throw in a free photo session with the alligator of your choice with each visit!
How can you pass on that?! 😀
Oooooh, so tempting. Thanks, but no thanks! 😀
OK well I will try to keep the alligators entertained anyway so they don’t get lonely. 🙂
That’s too funy. You should tell him to be more respectful of photographers and not mess up their shots 🙂
I know you would think they would be more respectful of the photographer and not just barge into my shot. But do they care?! They do not. 😦 😉
Fantastic shots. Really cute.
Thanks glad you like those!
Wonderful shots, Phil. That snowy egret must learn some manners. 🙂
Oh they are ill mannered at best Sylvia. Those snowys are small on stature but big on attitude. 🙂
Snowball also wanted to be seen at the photo. He definately knows what beautiful pictures you make! 😉
That snowball can be a pain in the neck sometimes like he thinks he owns the marsh. Well…I suppose it is his home and I just visit. 🙂
Not only very good photos but also a very funny story!!
Thank you Molly, I’m happy you enjoyed the photos and the story too!
Maybe Snowball was jealous? After all, I bet they think they are the prettiest birds in the marsh. The first shot was the keeper too. I bet Spoonie agreed.
Oh I can guarantee that snowball thinks he is just the cutest thing ever. Those little guys are quite impressed with themselves. OK, I guess they are kinda cute… 🙂
Glad you liked these pics.
Ah, nature! Can’t avoid it, can’t control it!! Love the photos and narrative, Phil.
So true Deb, and I suppose that’s part of what keeps me going out there so often, you never know what you might find on any particular day.
So glad you enjoyed these photos!
the story is great, but the photo of the spoonbill with its reflection is absolutely awesome. The color is especially interesting, and I love that frontal view. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a spoonbill from the front!
I just realized what you did with the text for this post – pink! Just like a spoonbill. Very clever!
Ha! Glad you like the pink colored text! 😀
I’m glad you enjoyed the story and liked the front view of our spoonie friend. I like that view as well as it shows their spatula shaped bill quite well. Thanks!
Haha! Love it– you have a great way of giving your birds personalities with your stories. Thanks, Phil.
Thank you very much Jane I appreciate your kind comments and glad you enjoy their personalities!
amazing pictures, love the reflections ♥
Have a nice weekend,
Thanks very much moni I’m glad you enjoyed these photos and hope you enjoy your weekend.
No respect, egrets. Trash birds, all of ’em. 😄
Oh they had huge attitudes no question Andrew. 😯 🙂
Your photos are just great and so is your text ! This post made me smile 🙂 // Maria
Thanks very much Maria, glad you got a laugh out of this and I’m happy you like the pink text too!
Beautiful shots Phil, very nice reflections.
Thanks Jan I appreciate you looking and glad you enjoyed the photos.
Too funni – great reflection
Thanks a bunch, glad you liked these photos. 🙂
That’s great! The egret walks by so innocent looking, too.
Oh sure he *looks* innocent enough, but our friend snowball is a real wise guy! 🙂
Thanks for checking these out!
As everyone agrees, great shots! I missed the Spoonbills last year and this year have only seen one last week way back of the west end of the fresh water lagoon with the Wood Storks. Too far to get a shot. Where did you see this one up so close. I am desperate to get a photo of these great birds. Another photographer gave me your name yesterday 7/27/13 at Huntington Beach State Park to check your site. Glad he did. He was a young photographer. Great to see young people interested in things that lead them outdoors. I’ll be viewing you later! THX!!!
Thanks very much for stopping by Ben and I’m very happy you enjoy the blog and the photos! We are always thrilled to see the spoonies however they unfortunately do not seem to be hanging around much so far this summer. These photos were taken in the same area but a lot closer to the causeway so we had a few nice photo ops.
That sounds like my friend Gareth that you met, he is a good guy and a terrific photographer.
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Hi again, It was Gareth. I am new to photography, about three years and I learned some things from him yesterday. We talked for almost an hour while taking photos on the causeway. Hope to see again. He is a great young Man. I joined CNPA but have not had the opportunity to go to a meeting yet, but need to. I can always use advise, pointers etc. I nearly exclusively take bird shots and love action (in flight/fishing) photos best. I waited for years for the prices to come down some to buy a decent camera. I got a Canon 7D few years ago and finally broke down and got the new 70-300mm L Series lens. I absolutely LUV this stuff and learning by trial and error. Thank God for digital or I would already be broke with all the no keepers :-] Getting better daily though!
I’m sure you will enjoy bird and wildlife photography and the 7D was an excellent choice!
I wish I could meet some of these creatures in my part of the world 🙂 Spoonbill looks quite happy with what he sees 😀
The spoonies are quite remarkable birds but most importantly for me, fun to watch and photograph!
A most egrettable behavior, Master Egret. Kids these days have no manners. Nope, that wasn’t a typo. 🙂
No manners for sure! Especially those wacky snowys! They really can get on everyone’s nerves even each others. 🙂