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.
Last night this black skimmer swooped in and made one fast pass across the marsh pond and then was gone as quickly as he arrived…
That was a great shot.
Thanks much for checking it out and commenting.
What a terrific action picture, Phil! I love the detail!
Well I’m very happy you liked this skimmer shot Maggie, thanks!
I love this Phil. Fantastic.
I appreciate that Edith, thanks!
Takes my breath away!!! How could it be possible to capture it, Phil? This one is ready to go to the Smithsonian Photo award.
Well I greatly appreciate your very kind words Amy, thanks much!
Ottimo scatto. Bravissimo Phil 😀
Grazie Mille Pat!
WOW! Great shot. Thanks and Love, nia
Thank you so much Nia, I’m happy you liked that shot.
That’s what the fish said! 😯
Wow! Who knew birds could make their own version of skid marks?
They sure can, and similar to people, some are better at it then others. 🙂
This is one of the rare moments when you get paid for so many hours hard work and waiting and …
The thing about a shot like this is that it’s over in a second or two, so I have to grab it quick. 😀
I know! 🙂 But you are there and you are prepared. Enjoy your Sunday!
Fantastic action shot and great lightning.
Thanks Jan I tried to make the most of back lighting.
what a peach
I appreciate you looking Scott, thanks.
Right spot at the right time, incredible shot phil
I appreciate that Callie, thanks. I was just happy this guy showed up.
Checking out the marsh activity really pays off. Even this bird’s shape implies perhaps his fast nature, and fleeting appearances. Great shot of his skim line. The water is so quiet!
These birds are super fast and the back lighting helped his line in the water stand out. Still water usually works best to get a good skim line. 🙂
And of course you were right there to catch it! 🙂 I can’t help but wonder how many hours you spend at your marsh.
I was happy this guy showed up while I was there. I do spend some time over there, some of the birds are starting to recognize me which I’m hoping is a good thing. 🙂
wow! thank you so much for sharing!
Thank you for looking and commenting, I appreciate it.
Very neat… did you use any kind of lighting???
Thanks very much Sally. No aux. lighting of any kind. The back lit scene helped highlight the skim line so I was fortunate there.
Glad you were there to catch him as he skimmed on past, Phil. 🙂 Super capture!
I was thrilled he showed up at all. Wish he would have stuck around longer but I try to make the best of what I’m given. 🙂
One has to, Phil. 😀
Great photo Phil, even there are no surfaced alligators.
Thanks very much!
That has been known to happen where they skim by alligators! Check these out:
Almost had a wreck here:
Thanks a million for checking these out!
Wow. Only one pass by the bird and you caught it perfectly in an incredible shot. I know that I would have been still fiddling with the settings on my camera long after the bird was gone and missed any shot whatsoever. Both you powers of observation and your reaction time seem amazing.
Thank you so much for your very kind words Mike! I was just happy this guy showed up and I at least had an opportunity for a quick grab.
Thank you, I really appreciate you looking and commenting!
Patience pays 🙂 Wonderful capture of skimmer’s trail!
I was very happy to see this guy show up and make a pass, just wish he would have stuck around longer.
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