Category Archives: Shore Bird

Willet, Bank Of A Marsh

Photographed around mid day, and at an angle to reduce glare.

Willet, Bank Of A Marsh
Willet, Bank Of A Marsh

What strikes me about these images is the soft, almost solid, look of the water.

Willet, Bank Of A Marsh
Willet, Bank Of A Marsh
Willet, Bank Of A Marsh
Willet, Bank Of A Marsh

I didn’t shoot very slow which could have made this effect. It was all about the angle.

Now if I can just do it again…

Note; A photographer more knowledgeable in shore birds told me this may be a Sand Piper. I’m going to defer and and say…’Sand Piper’.

 

Black Skimmer Passing Through

There were no big swirling and twisting passes this time. The bird did a fast back and forth and was gone.

Black Skimmer Passing Through
Black Skimmer Passing Through

Most times when they catch a fish you can actually see their head pulled back off the water.

Black Skimmer Passing Through
Black Skimmer Passing Through

I guess the small minnows were too deep here so the Skimmer moved on to a better spot. I did manage to catch these shots, which considering how few chances I had made me pretty happy.

Willet.In A Marsh

Some roads around the ACE Basin run right through huge marshes, the water almost level with the surface. We are around sea level after all.  Certain times of the day the scenery there is stunning.

Willet.In A Marsh
Willet.In A Marsh

I stopped at the road side to look for wildlife, few cars will come by, good thing since there are no sides to the roads.

What I found was an old post sticking out of the water, a Willet standing and surveying his domain.

Willet.In A Marsh
Willet.In A Marsh

Why a post, who knows. Even last year this might have been a canal, now filled. The land changes fast.

Willet.In A Marsh
Willet.In A Marsh

Willet like both these marshes and the sea shore. The ocean is not all that far so this bird probably moves between the two.

Practice Flights, Anhinga

She did a good job on this one of her first flights.

I watched her jump from the Cypress and fly straight to a tree branch over my head. perhaps about 30 yards (27 meters).

Practice Flights, Anhinga
Practice Flights, Anhinga

None of these birds have room for error, Anhinga have double trouble.

They dive underwater to catch fish, that’s their main food source. Besides flying they need to be very good underwater. She hasn’t tried that one yet.

Practice Flights, Anhinga
Practice Flights, Anhinga

Most birds need to fly over the Alligators, Anhinga also need to swim around them. That takes skill…and a lot of luck.

 

Black Skimmer Reflections

It’s always great to capture reflections in the water. But ones like these don’t happen very often,

The water was dead still, no wind, the only movement was the ripple made by the Skimmers open bill ‘skimming’ for fish.

Black Skimmer Reflections
Black Skimmer Reflections

Black Skimmers are such a unique animal that long after we’re done photographing we stand around watching in awe.

Natures perfect adaptation for the birds survival.

Black Skimmer Reflections
Black Skimmer Reflections

Tandem Black Skimmers

Black Skimmers work as pairs often. These two maneuvered together like a dance team. Very impressive considering all the grasses here.

Tandem Black Skimmers
Tandem Black Skimmers

Unfortunately the water had all types of pollen’s and marsh grass on the surface.

Tandem Black Skimmers
Tandem Black Skimmers
Tandem Black Skimmers
Tandem Black Skimmers

Maybe the early sun on the grasses compensated, the colors were great.

Tandem Black Skimmers
Tandem Black Skimmers

I didn’t even try, or want to zoom closer on these birds. It was such a treat to have them both in the viewfinder.