Sunset at Anna Maria Island.
One of our favorite places for sunsets is on the north end of Anna Maria Island. The sunsets are spectacular and the sugar white sands are an important habitat for an incredible array of wildlife. On many many occasions, we have shared evening sunsets with herons, sandpipers, ospreys, cranes, seagulls, skimmers, egrets and my favorite, pelicans. During various times of the day and year, you’ll see different species of shorebirds, sometimes hundreds, congregating at dusk for an evening feed.
What I always find fascinating, that at some point, as darkness nears, the congregation rise collectively and fly off to their evening roost, wherever that may be. I love that moment of unison against the setting sun.
(This was shot with an iPhone and edited in Snapseed. The sunburst was added with the LensLight app.)
I discovered this little guy outside my second story landing trying to find a way through the window. I stood and watched him for some time as he would dart about the branches close to the window and then fly into the window, attempting to peck his way in. Over and over, he repeated this behavior, returning to various perches to examine the window as if it were a puzzle that he was working out.
I grabbed my camera and captured a number of images through the window. I must have taken 30 or so photos and as usual, ended up with only a few decent ones. I loved the ‘movement’ of the above image and the lines in the birds feathers mimicking the palm in the background. I cleaned up the image and used a Photomorphis texture to give it more punch. As for the Warbler, he hung around for over an hour attempting to break in!
Florida Sandhill Cranes.
These parents with their youngster came swooping into my backyard the other day and slowly made their way around the water line. Although I took about 20 photos, it was this one that caught my eye for this week’s ‘Eye Lines (Where is your subject looking?). As the young one poked around the water, the parents kept their eyes alert to their surroundings. And an added bonus was to capture them all in the same crisscrossed stance!