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Dolphins Catching A School Of Fish

Time to add something other than birds, even pink ones.

This is a pod of Dolphins pushing fish to the shore. A group around the South Carolina Lowcountry is one of the few that have learned to herd and ‘strand’ fish on the shore.

Dolphins Catching A School Of Fish - click to enlarge
Dolphins Catching A School Of Fish – click to enlarge

This particular hunt included 6 adults. A young calf was swimming off shore in water a little deeper.

Pretty dramatic.

Skimmer On The Shore

Recently I’ve noticed how the Skimmers, or most birds fishing, are not sneaking up on the small fish. In these photographs you can see them breaking water ahead of the bird.

Skimmer On The Shore - click to enlarge
Skimmer On The Shore – click to enlarge
Skimmer On The Shore - click to enlarge
Skimmer On The Shore – click to enlarge

Now that I have seen the small ripples I look for them. And this is actually common.

Skimmer On The Shore - click to enlarge
Skimmer On The Shore – click to enlarge
Skimmer On The Shore - click to enlarge
Skimmer On The Shore – click to enlarge

There is a trap wildlife photographers can fall into. It’s seeing the moment only through the small viewfinder, focused on the taking of a ‘correct’ image. When you do that the small details of the adventure in front of you get pushed aside.

We need to be relaxed about what we are capturing. Thanks for the conversations David. (We can talk about all kinds of things while carrying packs and getting cooked. Most nonsense, but some stick).

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.