This is a photograph best viewed as large as you can. A big monitor is best.
The location is a Wildlife Management Area (WMA), on the coast of South Carolina. The day was very bright, but a little chilly. At least by South Carolina standards.
In this scene you will see a Roseate Spoonbill, lower left, sifting through the shallows. Way off in the distance white Egrets stand in the water. Just above the colorful tree line, in the far distance, vultures make a lazy circle.
When out photographing wildlife scenes like this become common. I need to remember to switch to a short lens and take the time to capture more of the scenes around us.
There was a US show on TV, maybe 1960’s, called Wild Kingdom. Marlin Perkins was the narrator. It was sponsored and created by Mutual Of Omaha insurance. Always something eating something else, dramatic animals.
Besides the old vignette added for effect this is exactly as it looked. This photograph is not cropped at all. You can’t count how many alligators in one spot.
Actually this was just that, one spot. I will be adding a series here trying to show what an alligator football stadium could look like.
The saker falcon is a larger falcon at 19-22 inches (47-55 cm) in length and a wing span of 41-51 inches (105-129 cm). It has a wide range through asia to the middle east. However there are few birds remaining.
A female Saker is considered the premier hunter of all raptors. This is the problem since a black market exists for adult females. It also means they are not mating in the wild.
However on the other side of the Falconry issue there is a breeding program to maintain the species.
These images were taken of a female that was born in captivity and is part of a breeding program.
This has been on my must photograph list for a long time. When we shot in the everglades we never saw a single bird. South Carolina is too far north for these tropical birds. However, recently they have expanded to the low country.
A simple in flight is always my favorite type of shot. We photographed birds much closer but as usual I lean towards images that include the environment as well as the bird.
Lately most of the pages in this site are large, or huge, birds. Here is the complete opposite. Not Humming Bird size, but very close.
Also they are just as fast and busy. These birds are doubly hard to photograph since they are always in the thick brush. I was lucky here and he stayed still for exactly one shot. Only the second time I was able to catch one.