It’s been a long strange trip…
A pair I have photographed before and really need little commentary here.
This is a Harris Hawk and his handler.
She has built a trust with this bird such that he will fly free, high and low over the field, but eventually returns.
He returns, but not as prompt as she would like. Flying is fun.
Note; photographed at The Avian Conservation Center, Charleston, South Carolina.
When the tide is low and Dolphins are feeding near shore they are careful about people.
These 2 are an arms length from shore and looking us over. They need to be careful of people and boats. Especially cell phone people.
If the area is safe and clear this group may try to use the shore for stranding fish.
From a walk.
This is the end of a successful stranding. The Dolphin is holding the fish and rolling back into deeper water.
A Dolphin will catch fish as they charge to shore as well as on the sand. I have seen one eat several before finishing the roll back.
No more than 3 feet (1 m) from shore. You can see the wake hitting the sand. Please…no toes in the water.
There is a slope here which is why Dolphin swim on shore catching fish. Funny thing was a few minutes before someone had asked about ever seeing sharks in the water. They were told no.
I am standing on the waters edge so I can see the shark dorsal and unique shark gills.
Enlarge the photograph above to view shark gills.
I moved along with him to get this angle so I could document how close to shore they are hunting now.
I repeat from other articles… never dull out there.
I guess the land was just on loan.
The Green Heron is the one wading bird I see that cannot be perfectly still as they set for a strike. Watching them I find a slight bobbing of their head in the anticipation of the plunge. It’s funny since I find myself feeling the tension and almost moving my head with them, LOL.
In the series below I have captured the strike, image by image, until he finally makes the catch.
Click, or double tap, any image below to view the gallery.
I’m not sure I want to know what the prize was.