Category Archives: Shore Bird

Ibis Slip By

Up until these shots I was having a good day getting sequences of White Ibis in flight.

Ibis Slip By
Ibis Slip By

These two came past so fast, or I wasn’t looking, that I only captured a single image of both.

The sky was dull and shooting high speed with a long lens means focus issues. I thought I had it all figured out until these guys.

Ibis Slip By
Ibis Slip By

 

Double-crested Cormorant, Portraits

I walked by, he sat and watched me.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

My lens was really too big for this close but I didn’t think it was a good idea to swap out while sharing the space with him.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

The bird was sitting on a cross beam of a wooden trunk apparently quite comfortable. Any other time I would never get this close, it would be invading his space. I’m pretty sure he invaded my space!

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

I did get the ‘keep walking along’ look from him though.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

Checking around for any fish was the primary focus.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

This was the first time being close enough to see the unique pattern around the eyes. Really pretty.

 

Sometimes Things Work Out, Ibis

No matter how you work at wildlife photography it always involves a bit of timing and luck. These images a case in point.

Sometimes Things Work Out, Ibis
Sometimes Things Work Out, Ibis

Finding a group of Ibis typically means a few moments of fast action, and they’re gone.

Sometimes Things Work Out, Ibis
Sometimes Things Work Out, Ibis

However, the Ibis above worked off a different script. They flew off as expected. But it was one bird, at a time, the others just watching.

Sometimes Things Work Out, Ibis
Sometimes Things Work Out, Ibis

I was able to use the first bird almost like a test setup.

Sometimes Things Work Out, Ibis
Sometimes Things Work Out, Ibis

The others looked to wait their turn.

Sometimes Things Work Out, Ibis
Sometimes Things Work Out, Ibis

Because they gave me time, each shot became better than the last.

This never happens. An entire flock of large wading birds almost helping me along.

Ibis Exit

White Ibis, leaving my spot quickly.

Ibis Exit
Ibis Exit

A large group of Ibis were in some scrub trees and let me closer than usual. This was a marshland where few people can go so I’m assuming they saw no threat.

Ibis Exit
Ibis Exit

My gear is ‘getting long in the tooth’, a nice way to say wearing out. Taking these I was fighting to get everything right.

Ibis Exit
Ibis Exit
Ibis Exit
Ibis Exit

This single Ibis left the group giving me a good opportunity to test everything. Apparently it all worked fine.

Ibis Exit
Ibis Exit

A fast Ibis exit is not easy to catch and I captured this first flight fairly well.

 

 

Glossy Ibis

At the time I was hoping for a better angle on these shots. I was in a boat slowly passing and thought surely there will be a side view.

Never happened.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Instead of getting a side view the Ibis kept turning with boat, watching us.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Not great, but a day out with Glossy Ibis beats being an office worker any time.

Bending Backwards, Osprey

Watching the bird dive I was in the wrong spot. I didn’t think I would get any better spot either so I pretty watched and enjoyed the scene.

Bending Backwards, Osprey
Bending Backwards, Osprey

So of course the Osprey turned, dipped, and went right over head. That’s is not a very good angle either but I did catch these.

The tile here comes from my gymnastics (bending over backwards) to get the shots. Never a suggested method to get anything worthwhile.

Bending Backwards, Osprey
Bending Backwards, Osprey
Bending Backwards, Osprey
Bending Backwards, Osprey
Bending Backwards, Osprey
Bending Backwards, Osprey

Up north the Osprey fished in the rivers, and getting a good location was easy once you watched the birds. Not so down here. Wide open marshes allows them to keep away from people and work the open waters.