Saturday, January 10, 2009

Right Tern

I've been trying to get a good picture of a tern in the air for some time. I don't think this one is too bad. I'd have loved to caught him skimming a fish from the water like I'd seen him do about a minute before this, but I have to get just a wee bit luckier, I think.

Bombing Run

I shot this series of pictures out on Anna Maria Island today. The whole afternoon, there were flocks of pelicans and seagulls and terns feasting on fish just offshore. I watched and shot for hours, but I think this is the best sequence of shots. You can follow the whole operation from normal flight, to sudden deceleration, to dive bomb and splashdown!

Nothing But Blue Skies

Did the skies seem to be an extraordinary shade of blue today? I thought so...

Sunday, January 04, 2009

At First Glance

Couple days ago, I'm driving home after work, and I see something sitting on a power line over a small pond. I did a double take since something seemed odd. This small bird had a crest on his head. You don't see that every day. So I pulled over, put the big lens on the camera and started walking back. Before I could get too close, the little guy took off and started flying towards me, but never getting very close. He landed on another power line for a second or two, then took off out of sight. I took a couple dozen pictures from too far away, and these three are the best. So what is he? I think it's a kingfisher. I've not seen one since I've been taking pictures, and I can't remember seeing one before that. So I guess that makes these pictures special, if a little blurry.

Evil Eye

I shot this red-shouldered hawk yesterday, and as you can see, he was none too happy about it. Good thing I'm an awful lot bigger then he is, or I might have wound up as dinner.