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Hovering Forster’s Tern

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photograph of a Forster's Tern hovering above the Gulf Of Mexico

Forster’s Terns soar above the water hunting for their prey.  When they see a potential target they hover briefly to take a closer look.  One they’ve decided to pursue their target they dive, nearly straight down, and splash into the water to make the catch.  This one was eyeing a possible meal above the Gulf Coast of Florida.

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Snowy Egret and Sandal

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photograph of a Snowy Egret standing on a sandy beach next to a sandal

When I first saw this Snowy Egret it was at the edge of the water and I was walking along the beach.  As I approached it flew around a bend before I could snap a single picture of it.  I snuck around some vegetation and took a few photographs of it wading just off the beach.  Fully expecting it to fly away at any second, I remembered a tip I once heard about photographing shorebirds.  Sometimes they seem to be less concerned if you’re actually in the water with them.  So I slowly began wading out into the water and the egret didn’t even seem to notice me.

The same bird that took flight when I approached it from land actually began coming towards me while I stood in the water with it.  I was still wading when it decided to head back to the beach, probably no more than…

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Anticipating Pelican

photograph of a Brown Pelican standing on a rocky jetty watching a fisherman

This Brown Pelican seems to know sometimes a little patience pays off.  It stood there for a while, quietly waiting to see if the fisherman had any handouts.  Unfortunately it never got that meal.  Two other fisherman arrived and the pelican decided it was time to move along.


Diving Forster’s Tern

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photograph of a diving Forster's Tern about to hit the water

During a recent trip to the Florida Gulf Coast I was watching several Forster’s Terns as they hunted above the gulf.  When they spotted a potential catch, they would hover for a second before diving, nearly straight down, into the water.  I took lots of photos of them flying and hovering before I was able to capture this one just before it splashed into the water.

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Juvenile Laughing Gull

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photograph of a juvenile laughing gull in North Carolina

This juvenile Laughing Gull was investigating a tidal pool on the beach at Corolla, NC while I was there last summer.  I had a little trouble identifying it until it finally occurred to me that it might not be an adult.

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Running Sanderling

photograph of a Sanderling running on the beach in Corolla, North Carolina

 

A sanderling runs from a breaking wave on the beach at Corolla, North Carolina.


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photograph of a flamingo

This flamingo stood out among the group of its peers.  It was a bit more relaxed and kept lifting its head, lending itself to a nice avian portrait.