Category Archives: Shore Bird

Stowaways On The Shrimp Boats

Sitting in the rigging of a shrimp boat.

Stowaways On The Shrimp Boats
Stowaways On The Shrimp Boats

With their necks all twisted around, watching me, and one sound asleep you can’t help but smile they look so comical.

Stowaways On The Shrimp Boats
Stowaways On The Shrimp Boats

Everyone loves the Pelican.

Stowaways On The Shrimp Boats
Stowaways On The Shrimp Boats

Fast Flight, Right Past Me

Timing was right for me. I had just switched to a better lens when this Pelican sped by me.

Fast Flight, Right Past Me
Fast Flight, Right Past Me
Fast Flight, Right Past Me
Fast Flight, Right Past Me

I am always impressed at how fast they can travel with minimal effort.

Fast Flight, Right Past Me
Fast Flight, Right Past Me

Above the bird dropped down a little closer to the surface and caught the thermals. From there it was a long steady glide out to the harbor.

White Ibis In The Owl Territory

When I shot these I knew the entire set would either have interesting sunlight or be boring black. The sun streaks through the overhead tree canopy and makes some nice effects.

The sun didn’t disappoint. You can see the different shades and colors of this swamp in the sun. Cypress and Tupelo trees leach tannin into the water making an almost oil sheen at times

White Ibis In The Owl Territory
White Ibis In The Owl Territory

I had come here because this area is where the Barred Owls nest and raise young. The swamp has plenty of Crawfish.

The Owls were gone but any swamp with food should have some hunter looking around.

White Ibis In The Owl Territory
White Ibis In The Owl Territory

This time it was a single White Ibis.

White Ibis In The Owl Territory
White Ibis In The Owl Territory

He did manage to catch a Crawfish. That image fell into the boring black category of course.

 

Another Brazen Skimmer

The Black Skimmers seem to have made dodging through traffic an art form. This one may take first prize given how many large birds were in his way.

Another Brazen Skimmer
Another Brazen Skimmer

Yet none ever have an accident.

Another Brazen Skimmer
Another Brazen Skimmer

Click any image to view details. This bird flew right into a crowd.

 

Pushing His Way Through, Skimmer

This series is a good example of just how Black Skimmers fish. I don’t know of any other bird like them.

Pushing His Way Through, Skimmer
Pushing His Way Through, Skimmer

If there are fish around these Skimmers are fearless. They can be for good reason. I don’t know how they dodge around obstacles, even huge Wood Storks, and continue to twist and turn.

Pushing His Way Through, Skimmer
Pushing His Way Through, Skimmer

Above the Skimmer was moving like a rocket, his beak lightly touching the surface.

Click any image for a full screen view, it’s very cool.