David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Bird Hunter – Returns

Had to chance to get back to Laffitte’s Cove in Galveston, Texas the last part of April.  Really wanted to see some more neotropical migrants.  Before I got there the Bird Hunter was already in place.  The first photo was his second catch.  Just a feather left as he got that one down pretty fast.  After making two other misses (I don’t know how he missed with lightning strikes) he did something real odd.  He had some type of plant or algae growth on his head.  Perhaps this was causing the misses by slowing him down.  He raised high into the air and then slapped himself down hard into the water.  I believe this cleared all the growth off his head.  One smart snake.  The next strike was on target as the rest of the pictures show.  It’s hard to imagine flying non-stop for about 18 hours from South America.  All they want is some food and water and maybe take a bath before their next leg north.  In an instant, it’s over.  Every time a bird came close to the snake the birders and photographers yelled trying to scare the bird away.  Nature is Nature.

Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 1600



Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 1250



Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 1250



Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/5.6, 1/800, ISO 1250



Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO 1250


Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 1250



6 responses to “Bird Hunter – Returns

  1. lylekrahn May 13, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Wow – deadly shots in a number of ways.

    • dda53 May 13, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      I was actually pulling for the birds to escape the strikes. But, when it presents itself you just have to take the pictures. Thanks!

  2. Tim Timmis May 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Awesome shots David. That’s something that you don’t see everyday. I’d be cheering on the snake as he has to eat as well, plus the photo op’s are over the top 🙂

  3. Doug Haass May 13, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Great job placing yourself in position to capture this behavior David. I’m pretty sure that’s one of the true signs of a photographer. Super photos and sequence of shots.

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