Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Watery Wednesday #37

Can you believe it's time for Watery Wednesday? If you haven't visited my meme before; if you don't know what it's like to get cyber wet, Click Here or on the icon at the end of this post and check it out!

I went to Bolsa Chica Wetlands yesterday. I've got to say, when I took the shot on the meme's main page, I was standing beside photographers with their tripods and massive lenses. I think they were all waiting to capture the heron as it caught a fish. I felt like such a novice standing there with my little camera and built in zoom. I felt like they were shooting their cannons (Boom!), and I came in with a little six-shooter going pop, pop! I wonder if they laughed and called me a rookie after I'd taken my shots and walked off. LOL!


The birds below were really putting on a show. At various parts of the preserve, there would be about 10-15 birds flying above the water, scouting it for fish and then they would dive bomb into the water. All you could hear was them squawking and the sound of them plummeting into the water. Click on any to enlarge or you'll miss some of the water coming off the birds as they took off.


I think I spent most of my time photographing these birds. They were so fast I would never get them going into the water but I could get them coming out. Because of the delayed snap of the digital camera it took me a while before I figured out the timing and then it was on! The minute they splashed I had to snap the camera as I aimed at the splash of water. By the time it clicked, the bird was coming up out of the water. I was like a big kid. LOL! I actually got more good shots then I thought I did. I'd probably still be standing there if my batteries didn't fizzle out on me.


And you can see in the one below on the left that I actually got one coming up with a fish in it's mouth!



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37 comments:

Audun said...

Great action shots of these birds. Not easy to catch these small "rockets"

Guy D said...

I absolutely love these action shots, perfect captures.

Cheers
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Kyle said...

Nice action shots of the terns! I especially like that capture of the one with the fish hanging out of the side of his mouth. Looks almost like Groucho Marx with his trademark cigar clamped tightly in his teeth.

Greyscale Territory said...

It can be so exciting when you capture birds on the wing! These are splendid action shots!

Laurieluc said...

these are beautiful. very cool!

one planet said...

so much life thanks

ChrisC and JonJ said...

Better capture than any of those with the tripods could get!Great!!!

VALKYRIEN said...

Great shots of this gorgoeus bird fishing! And you caught one of them with a fish! Yeah!

Well done!

Pacey said...

Those are good shots anyway, and love them. So lovely heron.

J Bar said...

Great nature captures.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

The Explorer said...

Being with other photographers with their tripod...probably make me feel shy...because I only have digital camera...but I still take my own shot c",)

You did a great job because the photos are cool. I think I will never be able to catch this bird like this

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Tee hee! Loved your words! I bet your shots are as good or better than most of those with the big guns! ;-)

Nice work, 2sweetnsaxy!

Kathy said...

Great shots. Always wish I could catch a bird in flight like this. =) Hope you have a wonderful day.

Bim said...

These birds are terns, no? If so - fantastic flight acrobats, and so hard to catch. I really enjoyed each photo of this series - just fabulous.

Kendris said...

Great timing on the shots!

Rob Ripma said...

Very cool shots! Well done!

Pam said...

I think I just got splashed from the birds taking off. Fantastic shots.

Thanks for hosting Watery Wednesday, 2Sweet!

Tricia said...

You caught him w/ a fishy! YaY!
These are great photos & who cares if they called ya a rookie - They were once rookies too! hehehe

Vicki ~ FL said...

Great action shots! BTW thanks for the comment on my Key West mode of transportation shot yesterday.

The Right Blue said...

Wow, they really did put on quite a show - and you captured them beautifully.

Ebie said...

From lift off to touch down, a perfect 10! These are lovely shots!

George said...

You got some great pictures with your 'little' camera. I doubt if anyone else got any better pictures.

Arija said...

Wonderful shots! I love the take off, the splashh and the success story. Really beautifully done.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

It is not the camera which counts but the person BEHIND it!! Always remember that TB. Your pictures are brillian so don't worry about those show offs. :)

Maggie May said...

Wonderful photos!

luna miranda said...

wonderful action shots!

Aileni said...

I haven't seen a Tern since we left the island - superlative flyers. Seems it is a bird week...

Ninnu, Finland said...

Wow! Great action pictures!

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Believe me, all these shots are perfectly rhymned into excellent animations. With a steady pulse like yours, who can go wrong? Impressive! You get them IN harmony to the ACTIONs you just needed in TIME.

Linnea W said...

Great job. I love the silvery colors of the water and birds. Nice combination. Your little camera does just fine, and besides you don't have to lug all that camera gear around!

Deb said...

great shots...this is my 1st watery wednesday...finding lots of great posts...

Happily Retired Gal said...

What a magnificent series of action shots! I live so close to this lovely wetlands you'd think I'd get myself and my camera there more often. Your photographs make me want to drop everything and drive over there right now!
Hugs and blessings,

Karen said...

Wonderful shots of the birds in flight !!

napaboaniya said...

These shots of friends with wings are beautiful.
Pretty amazing how they catch fish with such swift movements! :)

Hope your day is a good one :)

msdewberry said...

Great pictures!! Birds in flight are hard to capture!

NatureFootstep said...

great images you´ve got on that bird. We have a similar one but I have not suceeded yet. Hopefully this summer.
:)

Judy said...

Wonderful shots! I agree that I could have stood there photographing them till the cows came home, too! Thanks for sharing!