To say that I took a few photos of pelicans on this last trip to Florida, is an understatement. My goal on this trip was to capture birds in flight. After admiring Shane's captures, I challenged myself to try to photograph some birds in flight and have them be in focus, rather than just some blurry spot on the screen. I will never be able to match Shane's ability. He has a thousand times more patience than I have ever had or will ever have, but it was worth a try.
After spending some time on the Ft. Myers Beach Pier and photographing some of the birds coming in to grab some food (fish) out of the waters, I thought it would be nice to go to the bay area and try my hand there. I walked down Old San Carlos Blvd, towards First Street. On the corner of First and Crescent streets there is what I would call a concrete pier/partial walkway. Partial in the sense that there are steps for your to climb up to this walkway and you can walk about 300 feet when this passageway/pier comes to a stop. This area is located right under the San Carlos Bridge and it is on the Matanzas Pass.
People do come here to fish, on occasion, and this particular day, across the pass there were several people fishing.
But this group was way, way, over there and I mean way over there. For me to get to them I would have to drive over the San Carlos Bridge, park my car at the Fisherman's Wharf, walk a few hundred feet to get close to them.
But lucky me I did not have to do any of that because on this side, the walkway where I was standing on, there was a mother and two sons. They had climbed over the railing and had parked themselves on the stoop and were busy fishing.
At first they did not notice me standing over them. But once they did, mom and I struck a conversation and she decided to help me capture some shots. She'd hook her live bait, cast her line, and within minutes she'd catch a fish. She then would unhook the tiny fish off her line and throw it back into the water.
In doing so, guess who'd come forth? You guessed it! 😉
So for the next hour or so, I stood there, ready to press the shutter button as soon as mom was ready to throw back her catch.
OK I know I said I had challenged myself to capture some "birds in flight" and none of these photos can be considered as "birds in flight". But while I did not fulfill my personal challenge, I did fulfill the desire to take pictures of birds that I normally don't encounter in my area.
I had a ton of fun and made a new friend and most importantly was able to capture one of the most beautiful birds around.😃