All posts by Ted Jennings - TPJ Photography

Alligator, Early Light

Yes, the lighting is odd. I photographed this one, in early light, because of his color and eye.

Alligator, Early Light - click to enlarge
Alligator, Early Light – click to enlarge

I’m not sure why but this coloring is not unique. I have seen, and photographed, others like this. I need to pay attention now to the time of day I capture others looking this way.

Back to the eye; in bright sunlight their slit iris all but disappears.

Blending In, Tricolored Heron

As the reeds start to die down and change colors it’s even harder to spot these birds.

Blending In, Tricolored Heron - click to enlarge
Blending In, Tricolored Heron – click to enlarge

If they don’t move they are almost invisible.

Blending In, Tricolored Heron - click to enlarge
Blending In, Tricolored Heron – click to enlarge

Good news is they are in constant motion.

Blending In, Tricolored Heron - click to enlarge
Blending In, Tricolored Heron – click to enlarge

 

Black Vulture, First Greeting

The first photographs of the day. This was my greeting when I arrived in a marsh. A Black Vulture (well, 2 actually).

Black Vulture, First Greeting - click to enlarge
Black Vulture, First Greeting – click to enlarge

This bird was sitting on the metal field gate closing a dike trail.

Black Vulture, First Greeting - click to enlarge
Black Vulture, First Greeting – click to enlarge

This spot is wider than the dirt road, and is always blocked to vehicles. The marsh is here and people come back here to fish and crab.

Black Vulture, First Greeting - click to enlarge
Black Vulture, First Greeting – click to enlarge

One of them is always here to greet you, and will come with a few feet to check you out.

Fishermen must throw them the old crab bait, chicken legs.

Great Blue Heading To The Reeds

It was a day for Great Blue Heron in flight photographs. At least 3 different birds circled me and passed over the marsh several times.

Great Blue Heading To The Reeds - click to enlarge
Great Blue Heading To The Reeds – click to enlarge

As soon as one would land, another jumped up to chase him. Territory was a big thing suddenly.

Great Blue Heading To The Reeds - click to enlarge
Great Blue Heading To The Reeds – click to enlarge

The temperatures had gone back up, but spring thoughts should be far away.

Great Blue Heading To The Reeds - click to enlarge
Great Blue Heading To The Reeds – click to enlarge

The water was still high over here so perhaps it was all about a good fishing spot.

It Was A Long Day, Spoonbills

I haven’t shot this much in a single day for a long time. Migration and general fall movement is in full swing. We discovered a marsh area with low water, so did every marsh bird for miles.

It Was A Long Day, Spoonbills - click to enlarge
It Was A Long Day, Spoonbills – click to enlarge

Several areas will close down for 3 – 4 months to protect migrations so I am slogging out whenever I can to those spots.

So today, 10/22/18 it was everything from Eagles, to Spoonbills, on to local dinosaurs.

I’ll add a few quick articles to publish in the morning, while I’m back out there at dawn… I’m fried !

Royal Tern In Motion

Some twist and turns (pun intended) by Terns.

Royal Tern In Motion
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When shooting Terns I expect a whole bunch of deletes. Because I photograph wildlife almost daily I can get a bit lazy, and in a rut, shooting in flight birds.

Birds like these are good for the soul. Remind you who is really in charge. I tend to get a lot empty blue sky.

Royal Tern In Motion
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