Tag Archives: South Carolina

Egret Not Welcome

One Great Egret looked to be moving in on a nesting couple. As an interloper he had to be sent away, fast. As luck would have it I was standing right there.

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Egret Not Welcome – Click To Enlarge

Any closer and my lens would have been too long to capture the action. This was a short as I could catch.

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Egret Not Welcome – Click To Enlarge
Egret Not Welcome - Click To Enlarge
Egret Not Welcome – Click To Enlarge

The protective bird was not shy about getting wet and plunged chest deep in the water to drive the other away.

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Egret Not Welcome – Click To Enlarge

Just to be sure, one chased the other right out of the rookery.

In a few minutes they all come back. Either they don’t remember or just want to try again. It can be loud and busy at times.

 

Great Blue Heron On A Mission

Now that housekeeping is setup and families have begun each bird leaves for extended periods. The nest always has an adult, the other is out eating. The opportunities for in flight shots are far less.

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Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

When an adult leaves they have a specific direction and if we are not in the right spot we get no shots at all.

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Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

Laughing Gull

The summer ‘look’ of a Laughing Gull is distinct, an obvious black hood. And yes, they sound like a loud laugh.

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Laughing Gull – Click To Enlarge

During the winter months I’m not sure you can tell the difference between this or any other plain gull. Considering this was taken in March they may have the hood all year round in warmer locations.

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Laughing Gull – Click To Enlarge

Unless you live on the east coast of the US or southern Canada you have probably not seen one. They stick close to the ocean.

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Laughing Gull – Click To Enlarge

These are the first photographs I have taken, random birds in flight excepted, of this gull. Not a bad looking bird.

Beach Colors, By A Tourist

These are true tourist photographs. Taken that way on purpose. This is the fun part of being a photographer.

It’s all about the visual.

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Beach Colors – Click To Enlarge

And color.

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Beach Colors – Click To Enlarge
Beach Colors - Click To Enlarge
Beach Colors – Click To Enlarge

I will ‘Not’ have what she’s having.

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Beach Colors – Click To Enlarge

Ending with part of my favorite beach mural.

 

Egret Suddenly Close Up

Most times I can set myself, at least for a moment, before taking the shot. This bird came out of no where and landed right in front of me. These are the first quick shots.

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Egret Close Up – Click To Enlarge
Egret Close Up - Click To Enlarge
Egret Close Up – Click To Enlarge

The rule is take the first photographs as soon as you have a chance. Then you can take time and set things correctly.

He never moved and every shot after these was boring or just plain bad. So much for planning.