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Wildlife Photography

Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks

The other day I heard a sound, maybe my favorite, that I had not heard for much too long. The giant wings of a Wood Stork as they climb to fly.  The marshes are quiet and that sound is unique.

Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks
Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks

We walked out of the woods to the marsh edge, a flock of Storks watched, but made no mad scramble to escape.

One by one they made the choice to move away. The 6 foot (1.8 meter) wings just lift them in the air  and they slowly moved off.

Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks
Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks

We were no threat to them so they came down a short distance up the marsh. Others stayed giving us time to shoot and follow along with them as they fed in the dry cane.

Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks
Sound Of Flight, Wood Storks

This is a place with few people, many times none. And we were double lucky, there were a few old energy bars in the glove box for lunch.

This ‘social distancing’ works for me.

 

Not So Close Please, Barn Owl

There was a time, not so long ago, we ended each day with an exclamation ‘I need to take less shots’.

At the time I was serious. Having 1,000 images for a day meant work. Culling bad shots, triage on borderline photographs, and finally just skipping some for an image a ‘hair’ more interesting.

Below is a skipped photograph.

Not So Close Please, Barn Owl
Not So Close Please, Barn Owl

Now with my locations and options closed / limited I am thankful for large external hard rives and my itch trigger finger.

 

 

Hunting In The Duck Weed, Egret

Some good sized fish live right along the edge of this swamp, under the duck weed.

Hunting In The Duck Weed, Egret
Hunting In The Duck Weed, Egret

Egrets and Herons drop in after seeing some movement under the water. I never see it.

Hunting In The Duck Weed, Egret
Hunting In The Duck Weed, Egret

This bird came in fairly close giving me a good view of the ‘slamming on the brakes’.

Hunting In The Duck Weed, Egret
Hunting In The Duck Weed, Egret

The wing span is incredible on these Egrets.

Hunting In The Duck Weed, Egret
Hunting In The Duck Weed, Egret