Category Archives: Charleston

Falconry, Harris Hawk

A pair I have photographed before and really need little commentary here.

Falconry, Harris Hawk - click to enlarge
Falconry, Harris Hawk – click to enlarge
Falconry, Harris Hawk - click to enlarge
Falconry, Harris Hawk – click to enlarge

This is a Harris Hawk and his handler.

Falconry, Harris Hawk - click to enlarge
Falconry, Harris Hawk – click to enlarge

She has built a trust with this bird such that he will fly free, high and low over the field, but eventually returns.

Falconry, Harris Hawk - click to enlarge
Falconry, Harris Hawk – click to enlarge

He returns, but not as prompt as she would like. Flying is fun.

Falconry, Harris Hawk - click to enlarge
Falconry, Harris Hawk – click to enlarge

 

Note; photographed at The Avian Conservation Center, Charleston, South Carolina.

Checking The Shore, Dolphins

When the tide is low and Dolphins are feeding near shore they are careful about people.

Checking The Shore, Dolphins - click to enlarge
Checking The Shore, Dolphins – click to enlarge

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.

Checking The Shore, Dolphins - click to enlarge
Checking The Shore, Dolphins – click to enlarge

If the area is safe and clear this group may try to use the shore for stranding fish.

Checking The Shore, Dolphins - click to enlarge
Checking The Shore, Dolphins – click to enlarge

 

 

Surprise, A Shark Not Dolphin

No more than 3 feet (1 m) from shore. You can see the wake hitting the sand. Please…no toes in the water.

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Surprise, A Shark Not Dolphin – click to enlarge

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.

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Surprise, A Shark Not Dolphin – click to enlarge

I am standing on the waters edge so I can see the shark dorsal and unique shark gills.

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Surprise, A Shark Not Dolphin – click to enlarge

Enlarge the photograph above to view shark gills.

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Surprise, A Shark Not Dolphin – click to enlarge

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.

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Surprise, A Shark Not Dolphin – click to enlarge

 

Green Heron, Waiting For The Right Moment

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.

 

Green Heron, Waiting For The Right Moment - click to enlarge
Green Heron, Waiting For The Right Moment – click to enlarge

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.