Just back from a trip to Florida and a few days in Puerto Rico. The tropical warmth and sunny weather were fantastic. While in southern Florida for six days, I was amazed at the ease of photographing wildlife. Before I reached the highway when leaving the airport in Fort Myers, I had already seen turkey vultures and two deer. And it just got better. From the man-made pond in our friends’ back yard, to the Venice waterfront, Ding Darling wildlife refuge and the beach at Sanibel, and a couple of state parks, the images of birds, reptiles, insects and dolphins just kept coming. It makes working on wildlife photography here on Cape Cod feel very frustrating!
I came upon this hawk purely by chance. While backing-up my truck, I saw something with my peripheral vision. Most people would have missed it, but I am always distracted by the unexpected. When seeing something like this, I am reminded how glad I am to be at the top of the local food chain, and not looking over my shoulder like a squirrel!
After the hawk was finished, there was little more than a pile of feathers…
An immature herring gull attepted to eat this whelk on teh shore of Pleasant Bay in Harwich. After being unable to get into the shell, it lost interest and moved on to a dead crab. I took the opportunity to create a few images of the whelk before returning it to the relative safety of the water.
It’s the end of summer, and the tropics are active. In the past week two storms passed by. Tropical storm Danielle kicked up some beautiful ocean swell while staying far at sea. Hurricane Earl had us scurrying to prepare, but ended up only giving us heavy rain. This is is a photo from Tuesday of the great surfing at Nauset.