Tag Archives: Ocean Shore

A Few Brown Pelicans

Another local that has been getting ignored here lately.

A Few Brown Pelicans - click to enlarge
A Few Brown Pelicans – click to enlarge
A Few Brown Pelicans - click to enlarge
A Few Brown Pelicans – click to enlarge

Some birds are just a little ‘different’ than other birds. Pelicans are near the top of that list.

A Few Brown Pelicans - click to enlarge
A Few Brown Pelicans – click to enlarge

In flight they are graceful and agile.

A Few Brown Pelicans - click to enlarge
A Few Brown Pelicans – click to enlarge

Other times not so much.

A Few Brown Pelicans - click to enlarge
A Few Brown Pelicans – click to enlarge

These photographs were taken around Charleston harbor and the adjacent inlets and creeks.

 

Fish Spinning, Dolphin

This was taken probably 20 yards (18 m) off shore, there is a steep drop off here.

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Fish Spinning, Dolphin – click to enlarge

The Dolphin was quickly circling and slapping his tail to confuse the fish. Next step could be to push these fish on shore for the Dolphin to follow for a quick grab.

Instead the whirlpool did the work and the Dolphin was able to feed right there, no herding to the beach needed.

Fish Spinning, Dolphin - click to enlarge
Fish Spinning, Dolphin – click to enlarge

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

 

Herding Fish Alone, Dolphin

Most of my Dolphin articles have been groups fishing together. I do have a series of photographs never published of a single Dolphin spinning/splashing schools of fish.

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Herding Fish Alone, Dolphin – click to enlarge

The Dolphin below swam close to the shore slowing pushing fish forward.

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Herding Fish Alone, Dolphin – click to enlarge

A short distance further, when they were grouped up he quickly spun around them in a fast tight circle.

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Herding Fish Alone, Dolphin – click to enlarge

When he had them bunched close enough he almost had a whirlpool.

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Herding Fish Alone, Dolphin – click to enlarge

Splashing with his tail he pushed them towards shore.

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Herding Fish Alone, Dolphin – click to enlarge

And caught them.

They don’t always strand these fish either. If they have enough of a circle and whirlpool made slamming their tail down stuns the fish and they are caught that way also.

Walking The Shore

On a cloudy day, with no harsh sun, there are plenty of things I can actually photograph on the shore line.

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Walking The Shore – click to enlarge

The water in the shot above takes on the colors from the sky. Bright sun and this becomes silver.

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Walking The Shore – click to enlarge

Following Black Skimmers in the sun can be a problem. I need to follow, move along with them, as they glide by. It never fails the glare is exactly where the best shots would be.

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Walking The Shore – click to enlarge

Here, a Laughing Gull, would be just fine in any light. However, the blue water not so much.

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Walking The Shore – click to enlarge

The last is a ‘Bunch O Gulls’. Not my usual but the blue sky made nice reflections.