Tag Archives: Ocean Shore

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.

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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

 

Willet, Tidal Pool

I usually see these birds at the shore. They do frequent larger marsh ponds, just not as many. There is so much water around here they are really common.

Willet, Tidal Pools - click to enlarge
Willet, Tidal Pools – click to enlarge

Getting photographs like these are a welcome change from marsh and swamp shots. I don’t think any easier but lighting and angles are different.

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Ledge Light

An unknown Coast Guard officer wrote the following in the crew’s log on the last night before the automated light system was installed: “Rock of slow torture. Ernie’s domain (the ghost of a light keeper). Hell on earth—may New London Ledge’s light shine on forever because I’m through. I will watch it from afar while drinking a brew.”

Ledge Light Lighthouse – click to enlarge

Built in 1909 outside the New London Connecticut harbor.

(something different)

Eye Contact, Dolphin

He slowly moved past me, checking the shore in case of chasing fish here. This is common and I have wondered what they are thinking when we look right at each other.

Eye Contact, Dolphin - click to enlarge
Eye Contact, Dolphin – click to enlarge

Just as amazing is to watch a 1,400 lbs (635 kg) Dolphin gently slip under water and how they move it like it was solid matter.

Eye Contact, Dolphin - click to enlarge
Eye Contact, Dolphin – click to enlarge
Eye Contact, Dolphin - click to enlarge
Eye Contact, Dolphin – click to enlarge
Eye Contact, Dolphin - click to enlarge
Eye Contact, Dolphin – click to enlarge

When finally under there are nothing but small ripples. This is why it is so hard to see a Dolphin and figure where they might rise up again.

Checking On Me, Dolphin

When photographing Dolphin feeding along the shore at some point you become the center of interest. The Dolphin watch you just the same as you do them.

Checking On Me, Dolphin - click to enlarge
Checking On Me, Dolphin – click to enlarge

I was so intent on getting focus of the Dolphins eye it occurred to me too late, her calf was swimming by her side. Only the young ones dorsal fin was on the surface.

Checking On Me, Dolphin - click to enlarge
Checking On Me, Dolphin – click to enlarge

The adult swam by close but apparently the schools of fish had gone out deeper.

Checking On Me, Dolphin - click to enlarge
Checking On Me, Dolphin – click to enlarge

Stopped For A Willett

I’m more likely to take shots like these at the beginning of the day, not end.

Stopped For A Willett - click to enlarge
Stopped For A Willett – click to enlarge

After shooting on the shore for any amount of time I get worn out. Sun, wind and sand makes for a very long hike back.

Stopped For A Willett - click to enlarge
Stopped For A Willett – click to enlarge

If one of the locals makes it easy for me I may follow them for a bit anyway.