Tag Archives: Ocean Shore

Skimmer Taking A Short Cut

I had the shot setup, I was ready for him to dip down and start skimming over the water. They are erratic when flying and he proved.

Skimmer Taking A Short Cut - click to enlarge
Skimmer Taking A Short Cut – click to enlarge

The bird banked a little to his right and flew behind me, over the sand.

Skimmer Taking A Short Cut - click to enlarge
Skimmer Taking A Short Cut – click to enlarge

Surprising, I caught him anyway.

Jumping Up from The Shore, Pelican

This is a Pelican that stays around the shallows during low tide. At the change of the tide there is plenty of activity to move fish.

Jumping Up from The Shore, Pelican - click to enlarge
Jumping Up from The Shore, Pelican – click to enlarge

Once the tide moves, Pelicans, Dolphins, Osprey and all types of Gulls search for the schools. They each push the fish around so one of them will make a catch.

Jumping Up from The Shore, Pelican - click to enlarge
Jumping Up from The Shore, Pelican – click to enlarge

I walked past this Pelican, I guess a little too close. He moved on. Truth be told I never did see him until he took off.

A Dolphin Strand Feeding

This stranding was a large one. I counted 5 Dolphin in the charge, an adult and young calf a little behind in the water. There was not a sound until a huge crashing wave hit shore.

A Dolphin Strand Feeding - click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding – click to enlarge

There was a substantial number of fish pushed to shore.

A Dolphin Strand Feeding - click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding – click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding - click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding – click to enlarge

The Dolphins came in shoulder to shoulder, almost in a straight line. I never noticed that before. It was an impressive well rehearsed charge.

A Dolphin Strand Feeding - click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding – click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding - click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding – click to enlarge

In the above it looks like a wall of charging Dolphin.

A Dolphin Strand Feeding - click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding – click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding - click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding – click to enlarge

As they rolled back into the water Dolphin were still grabbing the flying fish.

A Dolphin Strand Feeding - click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding – click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding - click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding – click to enlarge

The strand from start to finish was 9 seconds. That makes me feel a little better when I’m out of focus or miss one.

 

 

Osprey Won This Time, Dolphin

The Dolphin was herding fish to the shore but this Osprey beat him to it.

Osprey Won This Time - click to enlarge
Osprey Won This Time – click to enlarge

It was close and the Osprey has either done this before, or it was dumb luck he wasn’t run over.

I caught the splashes first, thinking it was a Pelican.

Osprey Won This Time - click to enlarge
Osprey Won This Time – click to enlarge
Osprey Won This Time - click to enlarge
Osprey Won This Time – click to enlarge
Osprey Won This Time - click to enlarge
Osprey Won This Time – click to enlarge

The Osprey had the fish and now had to get up and away fast. The Dolphin only weighs about 990 pounds more.

Osprey Won This Time - click to enlarge
Osprey Won This Time – click to enlarge
Osprey Won This Time - click to enlarge
Osprey Won This Time – click to enlarge

He did it, beat out the Dolphin.

This all happened in seconds.

The Water Erupts, Dolphins

There a few things as spectacular as Dolphins stranding. If you are not looking you may miss the water seem to rise up. But when they hit the shore, enormous splashing waves immediately get your attention.

The Water Erupts, Dolphins - click to enlarge
The Water Erupts, Dolphins – click to enlarge

Sometimes it’s a single animal, with a few small fish. But here, it’s a full Dolphin pod and a large school they pushed to shore.

Did I mention they are almost the size of a Honda sedan?

 

The Not So Glamorous Photography, Dolphins

No, nothing dramatic here. Not even a complete photograph of this Dolphin.

The dorsal fin is the critical part. They are like finger prints. When documenting Dolphin strands it is critical to know if any new animals have joined and learned the technique.

The Not So Glamorous Photography, Dolphins - click to enlarge
The Not So Glamorous Photography, Dolphins – click to enlarge

Compare the fins of each. You will notice the back edge of the dorsal is shaped differently.

The Not So Glamorous Photography, Dolphins - click to enlarge
The Not So Glamorous Photography, Dolphins – click to enlarge

While creating stills for a friends project with the LowCountry Marine Mammal Network I did grab a few clear fins for an ID. They were able to ID 4 distinct Dolphins during the stranding.

Click to learn more about LMMN.

 

 

Everybody Wins, Pelican And Dolphin

When Dolphin start to herd schools of fish everybody wins. The Pelicans can be a signal to start paying attention.

Everybody Wins, Pelican And Dolphin - click to enlarge
Everybody Wins, Pelican And Dolphin – click to enlarge
Everybody Wins, Pelican And Dolphin - click to enlarge
Everybody Wins, Pelican And Dolphin – click to enlarge

Some wait on the waters edge since they also know these Dolphin will strand fish on shore.

Everybody Wins, Pelican And Dolphin - click to enlarge
Everybody Wins, Pelican And Dolphin – click to enlarge

Pelicans are not above diving down and stealing whatever comes their way.

There isn’t an animal in the area that in some doesn’t benefit from activity. Unless you are one of the fish of course.