Category Archives: Ocean Shore

Wind And Waves At Sunset

Photographs of waves never turn out the same as what I saw in my head. Beautiful in person, boring in images. Mix in a little setting sun and cold wind…a bit more interesting.

Wind And Waves At Sunset - click to enlarge
Wind And Waves At Sunset – click to enlarge

This is a quick sequence of waves coming in right before the sun went down. Cold wind off the ocean is cold no matter where you are.

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Dolphin, Strand Feeding

There are types of shots all wildlife / nature photographers try to find. The different and rare moments. We were lucky enough to have found this.

Dolphins will herd fish, as a group (the pod) into shallow water for feeding. Some however will actually push the fish onto the shore. Once on shore these Dolphins will follow them, catch them, then roll back into the deeper water.

Dolphin, Strand Feeding - click to enlarge
Dolphin, Strand Feeding – click to enlarge

Above is a Dolphin rolling back after swimming full speed on to shore… almost too close. We moved back to prevent any issues with them feeding.

I knew of this method but have never seen it, it’s not very common. The Dolphins must first know how to do this, a learned trait outside the norm. Also the tide and shallows need to be right, an area away from people is needed, and of course small fish common to the area.

This was very difficult to shoot. There is no notice when the Dolphins are about to herd. Suddenly the water erupts, 1.7 m (5.6 ft) long Dolphins swim full speed, and even tail flipping to scare the fish just happens.

This makes up for last night, having the wrong gear, I stood and watched Dolphins surf on top of waves coming to shore…at sunset!

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In The Middle Of A Pelican Lunch

I’m fairly sure this is the first time seeing a ‘Pile Of Pelicans’ feeding…up close and personal for many people. Click the images to view details, fish and Pelicans in a pile.

In The Middle Of A Pelican Lunch - click to enlarge
In The Middle Of A Pelican Lunch – click to enlarge

Above I see at least one flounder and two other fish, in the middle of this.

In The Middle Of A Pelican Lunch - click to enlarge
In The Middle Of A Pelican Lunch – click to enlarge
In The Middle Of A Pelican Lunch - click to enlarge
In The Middle Of A Pelican Lunch – click to enlarge

There were between 50 – 75 Brown Pelicans following the shrimp boats into the docks. As the nets and holding pens are emptied of the days catch scraps are cleaned and some pushed overboard. Standing by the back of the boats or low side piers places you right in the center of chaos.

With luck everything stays dry.

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Oh yeah, while they pushed, bit, and shoved, hardly a sound was made.