Seven years ago I could be found most often walking along the Gulf of Mexico at Fort De Soto County Park’s north beach in search of birds to photograph. By October the temperatures would drop in Florida and actually feel quite comfortable while I wandered around looking for subjects to focus on. Some times the best action was in or near the lagoons and other times the best action was on the Gulf of Mexico’s shoreline.
On October 2, 2008 crashing waves from a distant storm brought the best bird activity on the Gulf side and I spent nearly half an hour photographing a Tricolored Heron searching for prey where the waves met the beach. If the heron got splashed with enough water it would shake off before fishing again.
I must have seen the Tricolored Heron catch nearly a dozen small fish that morning and I kept hoping that I would catch it tossing the fish just before it swallowed it because that meant I might get to photograph the fish in mid air. Being ready for that kind of shot worked out for me more than once that day with this heron. It pays to know your subject and their behaviors.
Life is good.