Sunday, March 06, 2011

Mutual Of Ernie's Wild Kingdom


Sometimes, you just get a lucky shot. I had waded into the water a short ways yesterday at Robinson Preserve to get a picture of an osprey. As I was shooting him, I heard some people in kayaks behind me describing some fins in the water, wondering if they were sharks or dolphins. Since I was in the water already, I hoped they were dolphins, and that turned out to be the case. The osprey flew away and I turned my attention to where these fins were, and suddenly the water just offshore seemed to explode with activity. I pointed my camera in the right direction and saw a couple of dolphin fins sticking up from the shallow water. I started tracking them and shooting, and this is what I got. Two dolphins were playing with some fish, sheepshead to be exact. As you can see in this shot, he's tossed the fish completely out of the water. Those two pelicans saw what was going on and were high-tailing it to the spot to try and get some free lunch out of the deal. I kept shooting the dolphins for as long as I could, but this was the only time I caught them with a fish out of the water. It was a pretty impressive sight.  I'd post more pictures, but Picasa still isn't working with Blogger.  Must be a problem on my end.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, cool picture!

Inkydog said...

That's a great shot, Ernie!

SRQ said...

Ernie -- this is fantastic!! What a fun shot. Not only do you have a dolphin playing with a jumping fish, but pelicans cruising by too. Sweet. I might be turning green with envy as I type. Were you shooting on shutter priority?

KM said...

very fun shot!

Anonymous said...

ERN: That's a really cool pic!!!