Tag Archives: Ocean Shore

Catching A Tern

They may not be as hard to photograph as a hunting Swallow, but they have the added challenge of the Atlantic Ocean.

Catching A Tern
Catching A Tern

For some reason they prefer to fish at the edge of the waves, sometimes right in them.

Catching A Tern
Catching A Tern

The best way to capture them is to wait for a bird to hover above waves, waiting to spot some prey. Hover being the term, but actually they are moving the whole time, but at least it’s a little slower.

Catching A Tern
Catching A Tern

I still don’t know the ‘tell’, or sign when they decided to make a dive.

Catching A Tern
Catching A Tern

It happens very fast though.

Catching A Tern
Catching A Tern

One second they are looking for fish, the next diving head first into the waves.

Catching A Tern
Catching A Tern

This dive I caught start to finish, I can’t remember how many were just a blur. There were a lot though.

Setting A Mornings Crab Traps

From a cold morning on the Atlantic shore. Even the subtropics have these. The fishermen were setting out the traps at dawn.

Setting A Mornings Crab Traps
Setting A Mornings Crab Traps

The warm engine in the cold air made for clouds of moisture. Sunrise made the colors and got my attention. OK, the open door and cold air was an attention getter too.

Fishing boats have a constant companion. The Pelican. This one arrived early and moved in with hopes of easy food.

Setting A Mornings Crab Traps
Setting A Mornings Crab Traps

This looked like a daily ritual.

Setting A Mornings Crab Traps
Setting A Mornings Crab Traps

Anything left from the traps was casually shared.

Bonaparte’s Gulls Work Different

I don’t remember ever shooting a Bonaparte’s Gull. I had to research them to even get an ID. The time of year made it even more difficult since they have not changed to summer plumage.

Bonaparte's Gulls Work Different
Bonaparte’s Gulls Work Different

Most Gulls fish either by walking along the surf line, or diving from above out past the waves. Makes sense because they have a clear sight of things.

Bonaparte's Gulls Work Different
Bonaparte’s Gulls Work Different

This bird works the hardest place there is. Right where the waves break.

Bonaparte's Gulls Work Different
Bonaparte’s Gulls Work Different

At times they hover above. But they also sit and float along with the breaking waves.

I have no idea where they can get any food inside waves, but they must.

Bonaparte's Gulls Work Different
Bonaparte’s Gulls Work Different

These Gulls are a nice size to photograph. A mid sized bird so a little easier to catch. However it’s tricky to focus on them. You need to keep the bird directly in your single focus point or all you get is a blurry bird and sharp water.

 

Over The Surf, Gulls

Windy, and that makes it wet, but Gulls are always busy.

Over The Surf, Gulls
Over The Surf, Gulls

These are actually hard shots to get, most grab focus on the waves not the bird. Fall a little behind, or in front when following the bird and the image is waves instead.

Over The Surf, Gulls
Over The Surf, Gulls

It’s always soothing to stand with the wind and waves. A great change of pace.

Over The Surf, Gulls
Over The Surf, Gulls

Looking Through The Surf

A Ring-billed Gull watching for anything that might be washed up in the surf.

Looking Through The Surf
Looking Through The Surf

The other day I took a small gazillion shots of various shore birds. It was a welcome change from the swamps and marshes.

I had the wrong lens with me so my ‘keepers’ will be far less and it will take some work to dig through the images.

Looking Through The Surf
Looking Through The Surf

Breezy and chilly, however the open space and salt air was great.

 

A Pelican Yodel

I’ve photographed this before, and it’s always funny.

A Pelican Yodel - click to enlarge
A Pelican Yodel – click to enlarge

You never think of a Pelican throwing back his head and stretching. Other birds do it, but because of their odd bill it’s just weird.

So there above is a full blown Pelican stretch…and he did make a little sound.

A Pelican Yodel - click to enlarge
A Pelican Yodel – click to enlarge

This bird was up in the rigging of a local shrimper (commercial fishing boat). While a lot of boat ‘stuff’ in the way it gave a little more interest too.

Click, or double tap, any image below to view the gallery.

I believe PassingByPhoto.com had a few shots of this also.

 

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Brown Pelican, Passing By Low

I guess today is ‘Pelican Day’. I’ll give the Brown Pelican equal billing with the White.

Brown Pelican, Passing By Low - click to enlarge
Brown Pelican, Passing By Low – click to enlarge

These images were captured near Charleston Harbor. Where the White will frequent marshes I have only seen one Brown Pelican there.

Brown Pelican, Passing By Low - click to enlarge
Brown Pelican, Passing By Low – click to enlarge

Brown Pelicans are the smallest in North America, and probably the most acrobatic. Better personality too, my opinion.

Brown Pelican, Passing By Low - click to enlarge
Brown Pelican, Passing By Low – click to enlarge