Category Archives: A Watering Hole

Morning Fly By, Pelican

I didn’t think I would get this shot.

Times like this are when you fill a memory card (or two). Some photographers I know work a busy situation very methodically, picking out a single spot to capture.

I have two methods. At first, using the ‘get a shot first’ rule, I will catch as many scenes as possible, fast. This was one of them.

Morning Fly By, Pelican
Morning Fly By, Pelican

After a bit, and I catch my breath, I will also work on interesting spots of action.

I should be more discriminating early on but it’s too easy to have something go wrong and get nothing.

If you’re comfortable with your camera setup some custom settings, also have speed, aperture, and manual preset. After that you can quickly change to another setting without leaving the viewfinder.

 

Close And Low White Pelican

Taken in the ACE Basic, South Carolina.

Close And Low White Pelican
Close And Low White Pelican

The shallows were filled with other birds forcing  this Pelican fly on by looking for another place to land.

Close And Low White Pelican
Close And Low White Pelican

He didn’t need to move too much further, but it worked out for me since the bird had to change direction right in front of me. That made him slow down and turn giving me an easier shot.

 

Mass Exodus And Good Timing

The old ‘right time, right place’ is something you can’t plan for.

You can plan where to be, when to be, but chances are the results will not be. Or at least what you anticipated.

Mass Exodus Timing
Mass Exodus Timing

Several times this morning I was right there when a sudden event caused the panicked exit, or quick turn landing. Great opportunities.

The sudden event…usually something only known to the birds.

Mass Exodus Timing
Mass Exodus Timing

A Great Gathering

The Lowcountry is known as one of the biggest and best wild bird areas in the country. Even here though finding a gathering like this is special. Something you see only a few times a year.

A Great Gathering
A Great Gathering

These photographs capture a small piece of the different flocks.

A Great Gathering
A Great Gathering

When the water levels are just right all the different species come together to feed.

A Great Gathering
A Great Gathering

When the water rises, or food is depleted, they will move to other areas around the marshes. Unfortunately for us most of the locations are inaccessible. Of course this is exactly why the animals come here in the first place.