All posts by Ted Jennings - TPJ Photography

Egret Perched

As the breeding season goes on I find myself taking less photographs that are directed only at the birds.¬†Instead I’m considering the surroundings even more than usual.

Egret Perched - Click To Enlarge
Egret Perched – Click To Enlarge

Probably once settled down from the flying frenzy around me I worry less about missing the shot. Most likely there will be a second chance.

Egret Coming In

I caught this Egret just coming in for a landing near the nest. If you catch the wings and feathers right this can make for an interesting image.

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Egret Coming In – Click To Enlarge

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Great Egret Wing Reflections

I caught this Egret moving away, low on the water. It was not the angle I prefer, and she could have been lower.

But really, it’s an Egret on the water. I’ll take this one.

Egret Wing Reflections - Click To Enlarge
Egret Wing Reflections – Click To Enlarge

This was shot a little slower, 1/640, than I would have liked. Faster and I might have gotten just a bit more clarity in the reflection.

Alligator, Why You Don’t See Them

The main reason people don’t see them is they are not really looking. A typical day out photographing and at least once someone will ask if we have seen any alligators.

Many times we can just point (we don’t it would make us rude, but we could).

Alligator, Why You Don't See Them - Click To Enlarge
Alligator, Why You Don’t See Them – Click To Enlarge

They’re not looking to do a person harm, nobody gets eaten, they just are there. Floating around looking like ‘swampy stuff’.

The image above is a good example. In the shade, covered with ‘stuff’, and just doing nothing. They blend in, which is why they are still here after millions of years.

Common Snipe

A good chance I have walked by them 100’s of times. The freeze in place like a rock. And are invisible.

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Common Snipe – Click To Enlarge

Look away, maybe change a setting or peep at the screen, gone.

Common Snipe - Click To Enlarge
Common Snipe – Click To Enlarge

This is probably only the third time I have seen one. Most in the same spot. Hidden away from the swamp/marsh but still in a wet lowlands.

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Common Snipe – Click To Enlarge

I don’t know how they move with that beak. Almost as long as the rest of their body.

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Common Snipe – Click To Enlarge

Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight

These birds are half the size of most other herons, but they are very fast flyers. I was able to catch them in flight because they gave me so many chances. The small flock was chasing each other continuously.

Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight - Click To Enlarge
Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight – Click To Enlarge
Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight - Click To Enlarge
Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight – Click To Enlarge

It turns out even though small they are fiercesome predators and don’t even get along with members of their own flocks. Must be true I found it on the internet.

Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight - Click To Enlarge
Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight – Click To Enlarge
Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight - Click To Enlarge
Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight – Click To Enlarge

After photographing them, about 150 images, I finally had these four. And the one below of one catching his breath.

Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight - Click To Enlarge
Black-crowned Night Heron In Flight – Click To Enlarge