Everything down here ‘has a hint of color’. Gotta love this city.
These birds will test you and your equipment. Flying down low, right in the glare, and very fast.
On a perfect day most shots can’t be used. When catching these we found multiple birds working the water. It was a numbers game. The more birds, the more shots, and ultimately something to keep.
Photographing in Charleston we tend to look at the larger scene. An old house, alley path, or ancient church.
Sometimes it pays to look a little closer.
Wandering through town.
It will probably double in size too. Of all the things out there, this is what bothers me most.
Oh yeah, there are not just a few of them either.
A white bird against an even whiter cloud. 99% of the time I will blow this shot out, over exposed. Spot metering pulled the difference in light.
The bird was pulling back to slow down and eventually land in a tree. That is about the only way I could have caught the full expanse of wings.
I’ve never known another species to do this. Flight training. Great Blues, and Egrets let the young figure it out on their own. Not Little Blues.
They urge the young to follow them either with small pieces of food or just letting them think it’s food time.
Sometimes they wait for the chicks to gather around and beg, other times the adults walk ahead until the branch ends.
Finally an adult will jump ahead, flying off. At first the young birds watch them leave. However, after a few near misses with getting fed they charge adults and jump off branches right behind them. And a chase begins.
The young are flying and don’t even know it at first.
Two quick shots taken as one of the young birds was taking a test run.
After moving from branches to adjoining tree tops a big step is ‘Island Hopping’. Basically a short flight between the close islands in this rookery.
This is not without danger though. First is a mistake and a dunk in the water, the other is a high jumping Alligator if the bird is too low.
Yes, Alligators can jump straight up out of the water. They are powerful swimmers.