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Spotted By A Parking Lot, Armadillo

Ellen wanted to photograph small birds for a while. She knew a trail by the admin office and salt marshes. She was driving…

As we pulled into the parking area a small ‘tank’ was off to the side tearing up a manicured lawn. It’s what makes them so endearing to home owners in the south.

I had a dilemma. Small birds with Ellen or an armored mammal causing havoc.

Spotted By A Parking Lot, Armadillo
Spotted By A Parking Lot, Armadillo
Spotted By A Parking Lot, Armadillo
Spotted By A Parking Lot, Armadillo

The Armadillo is related, but not closely, to Anteaters and Sloths. They are actually the last remaining species of their family.

Spotted By A Parking Lot, Armadillo

Being Invisible (Heron Perspective)

Walking down a trail at a local swamp I noticed this Great Blue frozen in place. He was doing his best to be invisible.

Being Invisible (Heron Perspective)
Being Invisible (Heron Perspective)

Truth is he was standing maybe 10 feet off to my right as I walked by. Taking this shot I did the ‘no eye contact’ trick. It worked. He never moved and I walked right by.

Following Fish, Pelicans

These photographs show only one of the many flocks of White Pelican that took over this salt marsh.

Following Fish, Pelicans
Following Fish, Pelicans

We learned from other photographers later that day, only a half hour before, no Pelicans. In about 2 hours, they all left.

We hit the spot at the perfect time.

Following Fish, Pelicans
Following Fish, Pelicans

Ellen always reminds me it’s all about timing, that we have no control over. I think that’s how she keeps me moving.

From Under Spanish Moss, Heron

I had seen him fly under the moss and land out of sight. He just didn’t come back out.

I’m not great at waiting, and of course the Great Blues are. However, as I was about to give up he jumped out heading back to the rookery trees.

From Under Spanish Moss, Heron
From Under Spanish Moss, Heron
From Under Spanish Moss, Heron
From Under Spanish Moss, Heron

As a reward he flew right by giving me time to get these.

Great Blues are so darn elegant in flight!

From Under Spanish Moss, Heron
From Under Spanish Moss, Heron
From Under Spanish Moss, Heron
From Under Spanish Moss, Heron

This last shot is a nice example of what the swamps, and these birds, are like.