A Split Second Before The Eruption, Dolphin

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Here a Dolphin has just started the attack for strand feeding. The fish are being driven to the beach by swift Dolphins. This one was about to break the water in front of me. You can see him looking up and beginning to hit the surface.

A Split Second Before The Eruption, Dolphin - click to enlarge
A Split Second Before The Eruption, Dolphin – click to enlarge

I’m not sure how I even caught this image, but a very high shutter speed helped.

Dolphin Checking The Shore

This was one of the first indications Dolphins might strand feed the other day. At first a few Dolphins were in the middle of the river mouth, staying deep.

Dolphin Checking The Shore - click to enlarge
Dolphin Checking The Shore – click to enlarge

I saw a shape a few yards off shore, then a Dolphin raised up, swam by looking at me and the shore line. This was close but the Dolphin made no move other than to move right along the shore.

Dolphin Checking The Shore - click to enlarge
Dolphin Checking The Shore – click to enlarge
Dolphin Checking The Shore - click to enlarge
Dolphin Checking The Shore – click to enlarge

I moved back a little to give them space if they did feed, also it reminded me how quickly things happen. With a big lens there is no way to capture anything that close. It’s over before you can focus.

Earlier I had been told this happened as the tide went out, but no feeding on or near shore.

Pelican Portraits

Prehistoric, yet elegant in the air. Nobody can resist a Pelican.

Pelican Portraits - click to enlarge
Pelican Portraits – click to enlarge
Pelican Portraits - click to enlarge
Pelican Portraits – click to enlarge

The birds with the darker head are juveniles.

Pelican Portraits - click to enlarge
Pelican Portraits – click to enlarge
Pelican Portraits - click to enlarge
Pelican Portraits – click to enlarge

All the photographs here were taken near commercial shrimp boats. It’s like a free lunch when the boats return from fishing.

These birds were more than happy to wait around, even with me staring at them with a camera.

Flock Of Skimmers

Black Simmers are flocking along the shore getting ready for their migration even further south.

Flock Of Skimmers - click to enlarge
Flock Of Skimmers – click to enlarge

This photograph is a small segment of the flock as it rose to move down the shore.

Flock Of Skimmers - click to enlarge
Flock Of Skimmers – click to enlarge

I’m still reviewing the images from this shoot, however there were hundreds of birds so none will fit into a single photograph

Strand Feeding, Dolphins (2)

This is the second part of the Dolphin Strand Feeding series. There are a large number of photographs, but for such an event I couldn’t  not include them.

Strand Feeding, Dolphins (2) - click to enlarge
Strand Feeding, Dolphins (2) – click to enlarge

The pod of Dolphins circled and passed us, within a few feet of shore multiple times. I didn’t think there was even enough depth for them.

Strand Feeding, Dolphins (2) - click to enlarge
Strand Feeding, Dolphins (2) – click to enlarge

The next two attacks happened so fast, and so close, I missed them. The next I was better prepared.

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I think the last thing a Dolphin will do before stranding  is glance at the shore to confirm it’s safe to beach themselves.

Strand Feeding Dolphins 1 - click to enlarge
Strand Feeding Dolphins 1 – click to enlarge

Once assured they splash, actually throw their tails in the air, and herd the fish to shore.

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This was a privilege to photograph, not many people ever witness this.

Now back out there to what else we find…

(click here to view the first set of photographs)

TPJ Photography