A fillet flutter....

© Sara And Dick

A fillet flutter....

Cindy Cone 2/8/2005 7:14:07 PM

Great capture, Sara! #213565

Jim Kinnunen 2/8/2005 8:51:15 PM

Excellent capture!!! #1092224

Judy S. Fung 2/8/2005 10:08:51 PM

Terrific capture, Sara! #1092264

Jack Nevitt 2/9/2005 5:57:05 AM

Sara, very nice capture, I love the sharpness in the bill and fish and then the softness of the rest of the bird. Great DOF.


Sara And Dick 2/9/2005 12:26:25 PM

Cindy, Jim, Judy & Jack: Thanks for your comments! This was a great thrill for me to see the whole process of catching the fish, knocking it against the ground a couple of times, dunking it in the water to clean it, then dunking again, over and over until it decided it was dead and wanted to eat it! Nature is awesome, and at times a little gory... Thanks again! #1093636

Jack Nevitt 2/9/2005 1:27:59 PM

I saw one steal a fish from an anhinga in the ENP. Do you prefer Shark Valley to Anhinga Trail? I've never been to Shark Valley, but going to Fl next month. #1093776

Sara And Dick 2/9/2005 3:56:38 PM

Jack, I definitely recommend Shark Valley! We used to go to Anhinga trail untilwe met another photographer there who suggested that we might want to try Shark Valley. With luck, we got there the same weekend that the birds had flown down and it was great! Now the Roseate Spoonbills are coming down (although you can only see them on the long loop of the 15 mile road). Shark Valley is almost oval(key?) shaped with one side being 8 miles to the "tower" and the other side being 7 miles. The spoonbills we spotted were in the 8 mile road, about 3-4 miles in. Most of the "action" is in the front before you get to the guard's gate and parking lot, and about 1/4 mile behind the visitor's center (this will all make sense if you go there...) You would think you were at the side line of a football game with all the photographers shooting the abundance of activity within 400 yards of the parking lot... There are anhingas breeding, cormorants, ibisis, egrets, green back herons, blue herons, little blue herons, tricolor herons, black crowned night herons, yellow crowned night herons, purple gallinules, common moorhens, snowy egrets, and of course alligators (newly hatched, juveniles, and adults), turtles, etc. etc. There is a couple of red shouldered hawks that have a nest on top of the palm tree by the visitor's center. The alligators actually sun themselves on the road and you walk by them. Our recommendation is to hit Shark Valley early in the am (Sunrise), and I don't think you will be disappointed. You can always follow up Shark Valley with a trip to Anhinga (about 45 minutes from there.) Please let us know in advance when you come to town and we will be happy to run out to Shark Valley and give you a current synopsis of the activities there - it's only 25-30 minutes from home and we try to go at least every other weekend, or look for excuses to leave work early and head that way!!!! #1094090

Jack Nevitt 2/9/2005 8:10:29 PM

OK, will be down on the 1st so I will be in touch. We stay with a cousin in Ft Lauderdale, so we have a 1.5 hour drive to get there. Thanks for the info, that sounds great, I'll definitely try it out.



Cindy Cone 3/15/2005 4:10:30 PM

Congrats on this great finalist, Sara! I knew this one would be here! #1175278

Sara And Dick 3/17/2005 10:01:28 AM

Cindy, thank you so much! And congrats on your finalist as well!!! #1185050

Judy S. Fung 3/17/2005 11:06:04 AM

Congrats, Sara! #1185175

Sara And Dick 3/17/2005 11:19:33 AM

Thanks Judy!!! #1185201

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by Sara Lopez

Shark Valley, ENP, Florida
This blue heron's early morning meal brought shivering flutters, captured at sunrise f6.3, ss 1/30, luckily his head and meal remained in focus!

Uploaded on 2/8/2005 6:53:26 PM

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist

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