Category Archives: Shore Bird

A Fishing Circle, Pelican

There are two schools of thought on photographing wildlife. Sit and wait in a good spot, or move around between locations.

Most times I’m a mover.

A Fishing Circle, Pelican
A Fishing Circle, Pelican

This particular morning I changed my methods and pretty much parked myself in the same place. The sun and birds were moving around so I kept near a few holes in the tall grass.

A Fishing Circle, Pelican
A Fishing Circle, Pelican

It worked out OK. In this series a few White Pelican moved in a large circle, passing by me several times. By not moving I didn’t make them uncomfortable with me being there.

A Fishing Circle, Pelican
A Fishing Circle, Pelican

Of course I did give in later and moved around the area. The move worked out since Storks were dropping in near another open marsh.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Pelicans…

Best title I could think of at the moment.  It’s accurate so I went with it.

Recently I got replacement parts, for me. The ‘warranty’ was up and it seemed like a good idea at the time. Modern medicine, gotta love it.

Since we shoot almost all the time and live in a wildlife photographers paradise I have no shortage of photographs. However parking myself at the office desk for any amount of time is ‘not allowed’… and monitored I might add.

Pelicans...
Pelicans…

I can work from an IPad, which I do carry around with me.

Hence this shot was lost on a drive until now, and many more I thought were done will likely pop up over time.  Grammar and spelling will surely suffer. My IPad hates me.

In short, sorry for the inconsistent work flow, yet it will be fun to watch how the IPad torments me.

 

Follow The Pelican

Contradictions here. The calm of a big White Pelican among the frenzy of fishing Snowy Egrets.

Follow The Pelican
Follow The Pelican

The Egrets knew this Pelican had found food and was pushing through a school of fish. They just had to drop down with him and grab what he missed.

Follow The Pelican
Follow The Pelican

That’s just what happened. However, being Snowy’s chaos came along with them. Just the natural order of things.

Follow The Pelican
Follow The Pelican

It wasn’t long before the Snowy’s were more interested in fighting among themselves than feeding.

Follow The Pelican
Follow The Pelican

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Coexisting

Giving each other, different species, enough space keeps the peace out there. With a limited number of dry spots to sit, and still be safe, marsh birds have learned to make it work.

Coexisting
Coexisting

Double-crested Cormorant with a Great Blue Heron.

Oh yeah…there are exceptions. Great Egrets and the Great Blue can’t make this work for more than a few minutes. Both fit into the ‘alpha predator’ category. It becomes an issue of territory.

Late Day Plover

I am not all that good at identifying the smaller shore birds. My best guess is a Plover, of some type.

Late Day Plover
Late Day Plover

These were taken while out shooting sunset on the shore. I did not have my best long lens gear but I was able grab two images.

Late Day Plover
Late Day Plover

These are more about the small tidal pool than the bird.

White Ibis

The Ibis had disappeared for a little while. Where I was, they weren’t.

White Ibis
White Ibis

When I finally found a few it was hard work for a single shot. They hid in thick branches.

Eventually some moved out and I shot a few quick frames. Most stayed away which was too bad the drift wood made for nice backgrounds.

White Ibis
White Ibis

For the gear readers, these shots were taken with a Tamron 18-400 lens. A one size fits all generalist.

Basically it does a little of everything, but nothing really well.

However, it can shoot ‘almost’ macro, wide angle, and way out to 400mm. I have a ‘love / hate’ thing here but it fits about anything you need to shoot when the opportunity arises.  I was not planning on anything but landscape this day yet I grabbed these.

Paddle By, Pelicans

Earlier I went through photographs uploaded to the web site recently. I tend to add images as I develop them to prevent the old ‘black hole’. 

Well, that didn’t work. These were taken, and promptly lost on the web site.

Paddle By
Paddle By

These were the first White Pelican we found as the migrating birds  began to arrive. They had the whole marsh to themselves.

Paddle By
Paddle By