Friday, July 30, 2010

(Day 211) The fishing lesson

We made an early morning trip to a beach that was listed in the tourism brochures as 'one of the best shelling beaches'. I think that the authors in their enthusiasm forgot to add 'after a major storm' because there were only small shells - albeit in the millions. So, with thoughts of finding a treasure trove of large beautiful shells put firmly in the back of our minds, we went to watch people fishing off a nearby pier.

There didn't seem to be a lot of action here either but my eye caught some birds (I believe they're egrets) near the water at the side of the pier. They seemed to be staring intently at the water, when they weren't defending their little piece of the beach from each other. We carefully made our way down there to watch. I'll let the photos tell the rest of the story.

(All photos were shot with a 70-200mm lens at f11, ISO200, at various shutter speeds.)

Ruffled feathers tell competitors to 'back off!'















Keeping his eyes on the prize:

















Success!

















And THAT folks, is how it's done!

35 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The first picture is exceptionally beautiful.Great action shots.
Blessings,Ruth

S. Etole said...

You got some beauties, here, Rick ... wow!

Scott said...

Hey I really like that first one with the ruffled feathers. Great job all the way around. Great detail and clarity.

Katherine said...

Wow Rick .. I love em all! So the big guy had his hands on your shoulder again ... another 4 fabulous photos!!

Carolyn Ford said...

Oh my gosh, Rick...that top photo is wonderful. The ruffled feathers and back lighting are something special...whoa!

jazza said...

very special shot ... congratulations...

Photog Ave said...

Rick, I am impressed!!
Great great work!

['ô ] Avery
P.S.- Egret indeed!

marty said...

wow, amazing shots all of them ! the first
one is really gorgeous ! How lucky you must
be to have crossed the way of these birds !
Have a wonderful week end Rick !

Costea Andrea Mihai said...

wonderful captures!!! best regards!!

Franja said...

magnificos primeros planos! la primera sobresaliente. con lo dificil que es sacar el blanco inmaculado!

teca said...

You got wonderful photos, Rick! I liked them a lot, especially the latter.

Sweet Kisses.

Chad said...

Looks like most everyone likes the first photo,I agree. That is one great closeup.

Rick said...

@Ruth's Photo Blog - thank you Ruth. These birds were so photogenic - and co-operative!

Rick said...

@S. Etole - thank you Susan!

Rick said...

@Scott - thanks Scott. I do really enjoy that lens!

Rick said...

@Katherine - thank you Katherine. Yes, He put me there and said go forth and shoot!

Rick said...

@Carolyn Ford - I had to be quick to get that one - they'd only raise their feathers when they were chasing away another bird - then it was all back to the business of fishing again.

Rick said...

@jazza - thank you for your comment, and dropping by!

Rick said...

@Photog Ave - thanks Avery; there's so much to capture here, I'm loving it!

Rick said...

@marty - merci; yes, lucky indeed since the fishermen & women weren't providing me with much to shoot ;-)

I hope your weekend is also going very well!

Rick said...

@Costea Andrea Mihai - thank you Costea. I appreciate your comments.

Rick said...

@Franja - gracias tanto para su comentario!

Rick said...

@teca - thank you teca!

Beijos.

Rick said...

@Chad - thank you Chad - patience and persistence have their rewards :)

imac said...

Nice piece of camera work there Rick.

Rick said...

@imac - thanks mac!

CarreraCaballo said...

I like the first photo, th ebird looks so determined and you caught it on camera :-)

Greetz,

Joseph

Joke van de Klift said...

Hallo, Rick
Wat leuk dat je herinneringen aan Kinderdijk hebt, toevallig hé?
Ik vroeg mij af, kom jij soms uit Nederland of spreek je zo perfect Hollands?
Ook omdat je hier twee jaar geleden bent geweest.
Ik zal nog meer echte Hollandse foto's op mijn blog zetten, misschien dat je, je nog meer in je herinnering op komt.
Bedankt trouwens voor je regelmatige bezoekjes en reacties, altijd leuk om te horen.
En wat dacht je van jouw zilverreiger “SCHITTEREND”!!! en dat hagedisje, ook je zonsondergang ben ik weg van, echt heel erg mooi.
Lieve groet,
Joke.

Rick said...

@CarreraCaballo - he sure was - and he would look like this whenever another egret tried to come on 'his' territory! Thanks Joseph.

Rick said...

@Joke van de Klift - ik zou dat erg fijn vinden als je nog meer fotos van Holland op je blog ga zetten. Ik was een jonge van zes toen we naar Canada emigreerden, maar we hebben thuis altijd nederlands gesproken, en ik doe het nog - met mijn moeder, hoewel het meestal plat is (Kampen/IJsselmuiden). Ik heb het ook leren lezen en als ik het woord niet weet, pak ik even het woordenboek.

Ook bedankt voor je bezoek op mijn blog, en je reacties - vind ik ook erg leuk.

Fijne week verder.

Joke van de Klift said...

Wat leuk om dat te lezen Rick, een jongen van zes, dat is al even geleden hé?
Je hebt inderdaad al gereageert op mijn Hollandse foto's, die heb ik genomen tijdens een fietstocht "De Wijdsemeren route" in's Gravenland. De natuur is zo mooi.
Ook Canada vind ik schitterend ik ben er in 2004 geweest met vakantie, een rondreis!
Schitterend, erg indrukwekkend land.
Wat leuk dat je nog nederlands spreekt met je moeder.
Ik zal nog meer Hollandse foto's zoeken en op mijn blog zetten.
Lieve groetjes,
Joke.

darlin said...

Stunning shots Rick, hi by the way... she's back! lol I love your first photo, fantastic close up!

Vacationing again I see, I'll finish reading, I started with the latest post and I'm working my way backwards. I think that all of your photos are magnificent, Gary is cute but I can't say I blame your wife one bit! The sunset is super magnificent, once again all of your photos are fantastic!

Rick said...

@darlin - just got caught up on your blog too! Wow - you've sure been busy.

Thanks for all your compliments (I'm gonna get a swelled head yet). ;-)

joey said...

Excellent sequence, Rick ... great shots!

Rick said...

@joey - thank you joey! It was a lot of fun watching them 'fish'.