Life has happened and time has passed without so much as a single photo blog post.
It was a clear beautiful day in Southwest Florida in February. I stood below the Osprey nest. The parents circled above me. They checked me and my suspicious looking camera. Babies in the nest called out. I felt a chill in the 80 degree temperature, one wrong move on my part and surly I would encounter the wrath of one of the parents.
On the 10th tee, I stood quietly waiting on a sunny warm February day. Golf carts whizzed by and I could hear the thwacking of golf balls. I paid little to no attention to the golfers as they came and went. I was completely focused on watching this heron stalking his prey. His hunting game was much more interesting to me. The intensity of the eyes, and there was a quivering in his throat as he made a guttural sound with each methodical and slow step towards the fish of his dreams.
Down a heavily forested road an opening to the Chesapeake Bay emerges. Here as the sun was slowly setting on Havens Beach my companions and I came across the Great Cormorant also known as shags. The golden light made the old pilings glow and the birds majestic.
Cormorants feature quite commonly in heraldry and medieval ornamentation, usually in their “wing-drying” pose, which was seen as representing the Christian cross.
The horrible heat wave and drought we have been experiencing has been hard on our humming-bird population. I’ve needed to fill our feeders several times a day to keep up with the demand. I thought I would challenge myself to snap a shot as they came for a last call before resting for the night.
Oddly enough, the hummers didn’t seem to mind the flash from the camera.
I’m not particularly good with night photography and especially moving objects in the dark. However, for my first effort, I’ll take it.