Foggy Sunday

by Shane Coleman February. 05, 2019 432 views

This past Sunday, I spent the day in my mobile blind... my truck. 😉 It was a short and simple outing with simple wildlife photos. It’s always good for the soul to get out in nature.

It was so foggy that visibility was almost non-existent. However, dense fog doesn’t stop wildlife, so I guess it shouldn’t stop me.

I was able to photograph a Cormorant. He definitely wasn’t very camera shy. The neatest thing about Cormorants are their eyes... mesmerizing!

Cormorant

Cormorant

I was able to observe an Osprey. This is definitely one of my favorite birds of prey. He was fixated on the water below. I was waiting for him to take a dive for a fish. However, he was spooked away and my observation was disturbed by a nice police officer who stopped to make sure I was okay. I guess it is to be expected when you are stopped on the side of a country road with your flashers on

This Snowy Egret stopped by for a visit two times. I was seated behind some rocks at the jetties and he decided to come hangout near me. I’m pretty sure he wanted his picture taken, so I decided to concede to his wishes.

Just to give you an idea of how foggy it was... the ships weren’t moving in the channel but the brown and white pelicans were. There is a brown pelican in there... at least I think there is.

Thanks for sharing in my quick and simple wildlife drive on a foggy Louisiana morning.

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Laurie Madsen 7 months, 1 week ago

Very beautiful!

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Shane Coleman Replied to Laurie Madsen 7 months, 1 week ago

Thank you.

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Shane Coleman 7 months, 1 week ago

+1

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Kevin Wenning 7 months, 1 week ago

#4 my favorite. I always like images that make the imagination work moreso than literal images.

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Shane Coleman Replied to Kevin Wenning 7 months, 1 week ago

Thanks... I’ve received more positive feedback from this image than I would have expected.

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Bethany Plonski 7 months, 2 weeks ago

These are all outstanding! I especially love the cormorant, such a great capture of the eyes and the details in the feathers too. What cool looking birds. I’ve seen them in the Chattahoochee here once, but they were way out of range for a photo. It was fun watching them dive and swim though!

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Shane Coleman Replied to Bethany Plonski 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you. Cormorants are abundant here. They aren’t really shy of humans either and they really don’t have a reason to be. You can usually get pretty close.

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Helen Hooker 7 months, 2 weeks ago

You caught some wonderful photos - love them all!

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Shane Coleman Replied to Helen Hooker 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you, Helen. I appreciate it.

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Greg Blaney 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Great photos, Shane. I'm always so impressed with your bird pictures (mine look painfully poor by comparison). I like to think that you must have superior gear but I know that it's the photographer and not the equipment. You have the eye and the patience to consistently produce outstanding shots. And #4 is the standout for me in this set - excellent +1

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Shane Coleman Replied to Greg Blaney 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you... I sincerely appreciate your nice words. I still have so much to learn but when I hear things like this, it gives me hope that I’m going in the right direction. Thanks again!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 7 months, 2 weeks ago

#1 - brilliant - an adult (eye color!). Last time I saw a colony of cormorants in Croatia/Istria (https://www.photoblog.com/strohschneider-laue/2017/11/05/dialog-about-rovin/), they were far away and I couldn't get good pictures. But we have also cormorants nearby Vienna. I think it's funny, that they can be domesticated (cormorant fishing). This birds look like a mixed breed between crow and sterling and duck as well as a missing link back into the time of dinosaurs. Odd birds, which I like very much.

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Shane Coleman Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I just recently heard about cormorant fishing for the first time the other day. Unfortunately I don’t really know much about it but you just reminded me about what I heard. I really need to take the time to learn about this. It sounds interesting.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Shane Coleman 7 months, 2 weeks ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7wgOCGj11c
I often ask myself, if this technique were practised prehistoric times in our region too, but we have of course no archaeological evidence.

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Shane Coleman Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks... I watched the video earlier. That’s pretty awesome. I almost feel sorry for the birds though. You can see them trying to swallow the fish but can’t.

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Antonio Gil 7 months, 2 weeks ago

They are all so good, even the foggy one smile

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Antonio Gil Replied to Antonio Gil 7 months, 2 weeks ago

BTW, I agree with Camellia on NatGeo contest

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Shane Coleman Replied to Antonio Gil 7 months, 2 weeks ago

You both are so encouraging and I really appreciate it. Maybe I’ll give it a go sometime but I really don’t feel my photography is even in the same realm as those guys. I certainly don’t have a problem with trying. I did look into one but, at the time, it was a very specific theme that none of my photos fit into or I would even have the opportunity to obtain without very extensive travel.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Shane Coleman 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Your coyote picture is definitely at the same level

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Shane Coleman Replied to Antonio Gil 7 months, 2 weeks ago

👍🏼 Thanks... there was definitely a lot of time, heart, and soul that went into getting those. 😉

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Shane Coleman Replied to Antonio Gil 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks, Antonio. I figured the foggy photo would add a touch of variety at the very least. And it shows how extremely foggy it was.

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Camellia 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Fir off #1 is fantastic. Those eyes are gorgeous. 
I scrolled up and down before reading your narrative and #4 made me think "Oh Shane is doing some artistic stuff here", and then I read. That is one heavy fog and yet you have some incredible beautiful shots. I've said it before, I am saying again "National Geographic" if nothing else enter your photos in their contest.😉

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Shane Coleman Replied to Camellia 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much. 

With #4, I was actually a little inspired by Morten Hilmer’s newest YouTube video about his Swan In Flight during a snow storm. It is a completely white photo and you can barely see the wings, which almost appear translucent. The only thing you can see in the photo is the black portion of the swan’s face. It definitely has a more artsy feel. Long story short, I thought I’d give it a try... Louisiana version. 😂 Since we rarely have snow but do have lots of fog... and pelicans. Basically just playing around... I do know fog can make some amazing wildlife and landscape photos.

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Sherry Hill 7 months, 2 weeks ago

i so love your photos.. i'm such a bird enthusiast.. even your ghostly pelican.. that is a bird that is actually on my bucket list, to someday see a pelican.. 
smile

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Shane Coleman Replied to Sherry Hill 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much. If you ever get to the gulf coast, you are guaranteed to see a brown pelican. They are abundant here.

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Berckmans Peter 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Love the osprey . You are getting really good at this.

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Shane Coleman Replied to Berckmans Peter 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you, Peter. I really love Osprey.

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