To Get to the Other Side, of Course
Wildlife gets me curious what they are up to, especially those that do very little other than stand around and look pretty. So when they head somewhere, I want to know why. Usually, I am the reason why, but not this time.
But I have to question, since the island is long, why did he just not fly to the other end? Others do. Did he want to show off and strut his stuff? Oh I guess this can be a girl, but I can’t tell.
Standing is something the Great Egret is often seen doing. It makes for getting a decent portrait, but not a lot of interest.
They stand motionless for long periods of time. Most often, they are very far away, like my strutting egret. When they are far away and on the move, well, it mostly takes a prayer to get a shot. I am very limited with my equipment, and so wish I could win a Lotto to upgrade. You gotta play though as the slogan says.
Some days, you do get lucky (and even win $1,689.00 with 5 numbers out of six in the Lotto. I thought I was going to get a million dollars, no such luck) and walk right up to birds. I was especially lucky because park police stopped to see what I was doing. He was really nice and let me stay parked illegally for as long as I wanted. The above photo and about 30 more came as a result. But next post, you will see I was really lucky when I got to my destination. Another big bird made my day.
I have been doing a lot of bird photography here and the priority and challenge has always been birds in action. It takes many years of practice and also a very fast camera and long lens to get those magazine shots. A Lotto win might get me halfway there.
The egret still is traveling. Why the heck do they have such tiny eyes? The object for me is to focus on the eye and those little peepers are small.
So anyway, what is this bird up to since that is what the post is to be about? I am babbling along because it did take the egret a long time to cross the island. It is not like they sprint.
Since they are waders and not swimmers, you probably guessed. It is fishing, but I was wondering why it crossed the small island when fishing seemed fortuitous where it was on the other side.
So why move GE? And again why not fly like your buddy did?
Bigger fish? I am getting impatient here GE.
I want to see the deathblow with a quick thrust of that pointy bill. Fire in the hole!
Yes and no. This egret got a fish, but it was a tiny minnow, so unperceivable that when it raised its head to swallow, I saw nothing in its usual big gulp. He certainly did not make his friends jealous. They were probably snickering.
All that waiting for him to walk the island and I get nothing. Maybe they were snickering at me too. Welcome to the world of nature photography.
Time for more waiting.
Next post see what a great blue heron did! I was pleased until the end anyway.