Sunday, June 9, 2013

Culling through Photos

I am not an expert when it comes to bird identification so I am uncertain exactly which type of Tern this little fellow is.  I took the photo on the pier in Naples Florida a while back, not sure on gender or species but what got my attention was how this bird was begging from the fishermen lined along the rails of the pier.  The larger gulls floated around on the water about the pier and would scuffle for bits and pieces of bait or fish scraps from a caught fish.   Being no match for the much larger gulls the Tern was pretty bold hopping up to people and squawking to be noticed and have a morsel tossed its way.  When someone did toss a bit of fish its way it would snatch it up and consume it quickly before other birds could descend and attempt take it away.  It was interesting to see how a much smaller bird found a way to garner food without having to compete with birds that were bigger and more powerful.  The term “opportunistic feeder” comes to mind, a term I heard often when the discussion was about wildlife and their adaptability of coexisting with humans.

I feel like the Tern, gleaning through photos to find one that may have a bit of “meat” on it.  In a sense, I am an “opportunistic feeder” in my own right.  In the new era of digital photography it is effortless to snap away capturing more images than at times we have the time to view or perform any post work on.  It is the main reason I revisit old shoots from time to time to find that one morsel that may be worthy of another look.  Whether I find the one photo or not is not what is important, the viewing and remembering time, place and subject is the reward.  What is most interesting is that the camera captures the image that is in front of it, however the mind’s eye captures so much more.  A simple image can cause the reliving of a moment, the sun’s warmth or sounds of the steps on the wooden planks and the calls of various seabirds.  Photography allows for the freezing of the moment and preserving it for a visit on another day.

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