One of those unexpected moments

Did you ever have one of those moments when something happens so quickly that you have no idea what settings you have on your camera – you just point and shoot?IMG_6789Well, this morning, I was chatting with some folks about a Wood Stork in the pond, when all of a sudden I spotted this Great Egret,ย who had just caught a fish that very second.IMG_6790I had no idea what my camera was set on, but I couldn’t ‘let this one get away’. ย Too bad I must have moved when he tossed it into the air!! Even though I would have liked the shots to have been much sharper, it was so fun to witness that I kept them all.IMG_6791I’d say no more than 2-3 seconds passed from the time I saw him till he swallowed that fish! All the photos in the sequence say 9:18 am ๐Ÿ˜‰

18 thoughts on “One of those unexpected moments

  1. Wow! Great captures! Such a sudden discovery happens to me quite often with birds. Sometimes the settings are about right and other times…not so. But we have to “shoot from the hip” when called for ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Great capture BJ, it reminds me of a similar experience I blogged some months ago, where the cormorant through the fish up in the air to make it fall head first into its mouth, I only just caught it as I was talking to another birder.

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  3. Great sequence of shots. Sometimes I can anticipate action, but more often than not, I am reacting to something as it is happening. I try to be conscious of my camera settings, so they will be approximately right if I have to react quickly. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. This worked wonderfully for you–the shot with the fish in mid-air is priceless.

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