A few shots taken as Black Skimmers worked a marsh pool near me.
These photographs were at the far end of the shallows. I had the idea of getting the Skimmers as they did their wide turns to make another pass over the surface.
The last two shots I finally was getting the flight directions right. This bird also had a small fish.
I discovered my best option was to keep a little more distance between me and the waters edge. These birds are much too fast.
Shooting wider, which requires more space, is the only way to keep up with them. I think a 100-400 would have been a better lens choice too. A bigger lens is like swinging around a couch 🤣🤣 LOL. You can’t do it for very long (if at all).
As wide an image as I shoot. About 18mm. Anything more I would have distortions. A single Alligator can be found in the water. Egrets and a Heron on the dead tree. All small at this width. But they are just supporting players in the overall big marsh.
Taken in an old rice field, Donnelley wildlife area.
This spot has always been a marsh, though some parts were plantation rice fields. Later it was a large private reserve for a wealthy northern industrialist, and finally part of the Lowcountry state wildlife management areas.
I guess the only animal in this marsh longer than the Egret, Alligators.