Friday, July 5, 2013

Is That How You Behave in Public?

Don't get me wrong - I love static animal portraits. They are some of the best shots for one to appreciate the beauty and intricacy of different organisms. But, these shots can become repetitive or even boring. That's why some of my favorite nature photography shots showcase animal behavior.

Royal Terns - Anastasia State Park - Florida

I really do not know what these two terns were up to (the one on the right was chasing the one on the left around and squawking for at least 30 minutes), but it certainly makes for an entertaining photo!
Of course, the obvious behavior to capture with birds is flight:
Wood Stork - Anastasia State Park
I really like how much space there is in this photo - it gives the bird "room" to fly in the frame.

Finally, feeding is a key behavior - both to respect and to document.
Here, a white ibis forages in the shallows of a salt marsh in Anastasia State Park. To me, this photo is particularly interesting because many environmental elements (the grass, the marsh water) are included in the frame. This gives the viewer a better idea of the animal pictured, as well as provides context.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
PS - if you couldn't tell, Anastasia State Park is one of my top favorite shooting locales in Florida. If you're up in north Florida, you should check it out!

Equipment: Nikon D70 + Nikkor 70-300mm zoom

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