Close To An Ibis

I was sitting, taking a break, on a small dock and he walked by.

Close To An Ibis - click to enlarge
Close To An Ibis – click to enlarge

All the times we worked hard to get Ibis images and here… he pretty much walked up to me.

This is also a good example of an Ibis in mud. He is actually dirty. Most white birds shed the wet mud with their feather oils. Ibis do not, and I have no clue why.

Slow Glide, Wood Stork

This was a great opportunity. The Wood Stork flew in to the swamp and made a lazy glide over the water.

Slow Glide, Wood Stork - click to enlarge
Slow Glide, Wood Stork – click to enlarge

I had been standing on a dike and had time to watch him come in and then slow down. There was even time to pin point focus on the Stork.

Slow Glide, Wood Stork - click to enlarge
Slow Glide, Wood Stork – click to enlarge

With so much time I was able to pull back on the lens, compose for a wider shot, and still have the Stork as the center focus.

Slow Glide, Wood Stork - click to enlarge
Slow Glide, Wood Stork – click to enlarge

When shooting out there time is something you don’t have. This was different, and I like the wider lazy look.

Osprey At A Great Fishing Spot

This was about as good a spot for an osprey as I have seen.

Osprey At A Great Fishing Spot - click to enlarge
Osprey At A Great Fishing Spot – click to enlarge

On the back end of this large marsh / rice field is a large dike. It separates a river from marshes. The dike itself has been here for hundreds of years. Some medium size scrub trees have grown along the banks.

Osprey At A Great Fishing Spot - click to enlarge
Osprey At A Great Fishing Spot – click to enlarge

Osprey (Eagles and Hawks) can sit here and view wide open flat water, or glance down and check the flowing river for fish.

Osprey At A Great Fishing Spot - click to enlarge
Osprey At A Great Fishing Spot – click to enlarge

People cannot get too close either. The dike path runs under these trees and birds can see you coming from a long ways off.

Osprey At A Great Fishing Spot - click to enlarge
Osprey At A Great Fishing Spot – click to enlarge

I have had much better luck photographing Osprey catching fish up north. Here the land is always flat and open. There’s no reason to fish near people. They do, but not as often.

 

Photographing Locals In The Rain, Alligator

Dull, damp, days are not anyone’s favorite to shoot in. But it does have it’s advantages. The best being it’s usually just me and the critters.

Photographing Locals In The Rain, Alligator - click to enlarge
Photographing Locals In The Rain, Alligator – click to enlarge

In the case of Alligators the water typically looks flat, and they are anything but flat. A nice contrast.

Photographing Locals In The Rain, Alligator - click to enlarge
Photographing Locals In The Rain, Alligator – click to enlarge

Marsh water is not very clean, so much of the ‘stuff’ is visible. Nothing is perfect.

 

Flying Just Above The Marsh Grasses, Egret

This Great Egret was taking a lazy flight just above the tops of the dried grasses.

Light and focus can be tricky with these shots. The sun can catch the light stalks and create glare. Also all the bird needs to do is a slight shift and the focus slips over to the reeds.

Flying Just Above The Marsh Grasses, Egret - click to enlarge
Flying Just Above The Marsh Grasses, Egret – click to enlarge

When you do get the shot it makes a nice soft scene.

Playing In The Mud

The word got out about low water in the rice fields. Amazing how quickly they all find out.

Playing In The Mud - click to enlarge
Playing In The Mud – click to enlarge

There were even Ring-billed Gulls that came up river to join the locals.

Playing In The Mud - click to enlarge
Playing In The Mud – click to enlarge

There were plenty of White Ibis and Egrets.

Playing In The Mud - click to enlarge
Playing In The Mud – click to enlarge

This marsh area is big so not all the birds flocked together.

Playing In The Mud - click to enlarge
Playing In The Mud – click to enlarge

Great Egrets and especially Herons tend to stay off on their own. Above you can see, on the left, the long tail of another looking to feed.

Great Egret On A Clear Day

A white bird and deep blue sky are one of the few overhead photographs that are sure to be interesting.

Great Egret On A Clear Day - click to enlarge
Great Egret On A Clear Day – click to enlarge
Great Egret On A Clear Day - click to enlarge
Great Egret On A Clear Day – click to enlarge

Though I must admit with a blue sky like this I still photograph most anything that goes by. I just don’t publish very many.

TPJ Photography