A Wet Day Image

A big draw back to always using a long lens is the limitation of a short distance photograph. And light. Low light is not a friend either.

However, at times you can grab a decent image and get the bokeh a big lens gives you. Bokeh being the out of focus / haze part of an image.

Old Plantation Garden - Click To Enlarge
Old Plantation Garden – Click To Enlarge

Shots like this are a trade off between the areas not good focus and not really blending into the bokeh effect. I’ll deal with that rather than start swapping lens in bad weather.

 

Great Blue Heron Reflection

I caught this heron fishing along the banks of a large pond. The bird was determined to walk the full length, I tagged along from the other side. Taking a ridiculous amount of photographs.

Great Blue Heron Reflection - Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron Reflection – Click To Enlarge

How many I took I don’t know. I think the images here were almost picked at random. Digital makes a photographer less discriminate, high speed at 10 shots a second compounds the issue. Being old school I usually dial down to 4 – 5 per second so I can catch a single image with a quick touch of the shutter.

Great Blue Heron Reflection - Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron Reflection – Click To Enlarge

This time I didn’t slow down, now the hard part, deletes.

Snowy Egret Fast Flight

I was able to capture just the end of this little snowy’s fly by. Most times I get to stand there with my mouth open as a small rocket zooms past.

Snowy Egret Fast Flight - Click To Enlarge
Snowy Egret Fast Flight – Click To Enlarge
Snowy Egret Fast Flight - Click To Enlarge
Snowy Egret Fast Flight – Click To Enlarge

A quick tilt of a wing and they can turn or land immediately.

Snowy Egret Fast Flight - Click To Enlarge
Snowy Egret Fast Flight – Click To Enlarge

 

Great Blue Heron Keeping His Feet Dry

The Great Blue is simply graceful and elegant as they fly. Catching the bird in flight is one of the great things in wildlife photography.

Catching one forgetting how to land is even better. Outdoor photography is about capturing wildlife in action, and is actually predictable. Which is how we get the photo’s in the first place.

Great Blue Heron In Flight - Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron In Flight – Click To Enlarge

And then there are times like this.

I’m not sure if this bird was not paying attention, didn’t want to get his feet, or what. But he jumped, slid, and skipped all over the water, almost as if it was ice.

Great Blue Heron Keeping His Feet Dry - Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron Keeping His Feet Dry – Click To Enlarge

Legs and wings were flopping around like a fish! Looked to be a really bad dance.

Great Blue Heron Keeping His Feet Dry - Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron Keeping His Feet Dry – Click To Enlarge

Click below to view a gallery of this horrible landing.

Finally,  just like a person who slipped on the ice, he seemed to look around to be sure no one had seen him look foolish.

Great Blue Heron Keeping His Feet Dry - Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron Keeping His Feet Dry – Click To Enlarge

He stood for a moment, then walked on like nothing had happened.

Except the whole thing was caught on camera.

New Albums And Updated Pages

Between actually working outside to capture new photographs, and building the new articles as often as we do, there is little time to add or update the web sites topical albums.

We have finally added / updated the following albums, please visit them when you can.

American Alligators (new 12/2016)

Southern Raptors (new 12/2016)

Wading Birds (updated 12/2016)

 

 

 

 

Great Blue Heron Hunting

Concentration and patience.

Great Blue Heron Hunting - Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron Hunting – Click To Enlarge

Each time I photograph a Great Blue during a hunt the focus they maintain is amazing. At times a bird will stand frozen, no movement, for as long as I can watch them. Other times the slow motion movement almost hurts to watch.

Of course when the hunt is over, they stand around and scratch.

Belly Flop Alligator

Not once, but twice he flew through the air. When something this big hits the water it’s loud. Now, if you didn’t know he was there, but you knew what it had to be, well that gets your attention twice as fast.

Belly Flop Alligator - Click To Enlarge
Belly Flop Alligator – Click To Enlarge

The first time I never did see him hit the water. My wife was walking a little ahead and she must have scared him. 12 – 13 feet long, but him being scared of us is a good thing. Anyway, as she walked by he threw himself from the bank down into the water. That makes a very big splash.

No matter how large these big ones are they still can ‘slide’ into the water. No fuss, just slip away with a small splash. Belly flop is not common.

Belly Flop Alligator - Click To Enlarge
Belly Flop Alligator – Click To Enlarge

The second time it was me who bumped into him. Again my wife was ahead, this time pretty far ahead. I watched this alligator swim along the water and move into brush near the far trail. Just so there were no surprises I walked up to meet her and yes, he was already there.

Short version he did another belly flop, and of course I jumped straight up. This was an even louder one so not only did I jump but a few Snowy Egrets hidden on the bank took off loud and fast.

Belly Flop Alligator - Click To Enlarge
Belly Flop Alligator – Click To Enlarge

For perspective the large one in the water above is the ‘flopper’. He went out and took possession of this old platform. No trouble from the residents already there.

Alligator - Click To Enlarge
Alligator – Click To Enlarge

The last alligator here…..OK, different animal.

This one was about 1/2 mile back down the trail. And, not as big either. I took the shot as I walked out of the big marsh because I like alligators.

TPJ Photography