My favorite type of wildlife photographs, without a doubt, are birds in flight. This site alone must have several thousand I’ve taken over the years. I’m not shy about holding the shutter as something flies past. In the past a friend joked about me being a ‘quick draw’. Of course I miss plenty, fill cards that have lots of deletes, but I get my share of fly by’s too.
Some are better than others. However I love to freeze that motion, up in the air. Both these birds make ignoring gravity look so darn easy.
Roseate Spoonbill, Great Egret, ACE Basin, South Carolina.
A Great Blue Heron found working his way through a large flock of Egrets. Usually the heron would have kept away from this many Great Egrets but he hunted along the waters edge pushing through the crowd.
The Hampton plantation houses photographed from the marsh creek. The creek was the ‘entrance road’ off the Santee River and the beginning of the 25 large rice fields.
These are among the oldest original plantation buildings in the south. The main house was built in 1730. Being remote during the civil war the plantation was not burned. Also the construction of the buildings was primarily Black Cypress trees. The wood is resistant to insects and rarely burns. The US Navy still maintains wooded areas with this Cypress since it is the hardest wood known for ship building. The ‘unsinkable’ USS Constitution (old iron sides) is constructed of this type of cypress.