Things are starting to take off 04-16-17

Things are quite literally starting to take off.  The last few weeks have proved to be very productive for capturing birds at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center.

Gray reflectionGray reflectionThe image of an American avocet is reflected in the ocean as it hunts for food at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Sunday morning, March 19, 2017. PlumagePlumageThe image of a great egret is reflected in the ocean as it stands on a rock at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday morning, March 11, 2017.

Much of the success I've had is due to the fact that birds are creatures of habit.  This snowy egret -- that I've come to call "Igor" -- always hunts in the same location every day. 

Fly away homeFly away homeA snowy egret takes flight at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday morning, March 11, 2017.

Igor likes to repeatedly make short "hops" through the air while hunting in the ocean, making it easy to capture flight shots.  If I happen to miss a shot or Igor gets scared away, I can always count on the same thing happening again later in the day.  This underscores the importance of not only knowing something about the species you're photographing, but also how helpful knowing the individual animals you're shooting can be as well. 

Frequent flyerFrequent flyerA snowy egret makes a landing in the ocean at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday morning, March 25, 2017.

IncomingIncomingA snowy egret makes a landing in the ocean at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Sunday morning, April 2, 2017.

SuspendedSuspendedA snowy egret hunts for food at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday morning, March 25, 2017.

Tripped upTripped upA snowy egret flies over the ocean as it hunts for food at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday evening, April 15, 2017.

RocketRocketA snowy egret takes flight at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday evening, April 15, 2017.

I really am blessed to live in an urban area where it's relatively easy to find wildlife to photograph.  While I might not have access to some of the more exotic species of birds present in other parts of the world, I live about 15 minutes from several places where I can consistently count on finding many different active species of birds to photograph. 

Down and dirtyDown and dirtyA great egret flies over the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday evening, April 8, 2017.

Vertical takeoffVertical takeoffA great egret takes flight at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday evening, April 8, 2017.

SoaringSoaringA great egret flies over the ocean as it hunts for food at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday evening, April 15, 2017.

 

 


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