This American Black Duck was looking to start a fight with me. ( Ha Ha) The truth is I took this photo as the duck was flopping its wings, it created a cool effect of one tough duck. Photos like these always makes me smile.
I would like to introduce to you guys a “Atlantic Ghost Crab” also known as “Sand Crab” or “White Crab”. I came across him at the beach in Dominican Republic. This little guy was so brave, that even though I kept coming closer he stood his ground and didn’t budge. So, that made him a perfect model for a photo shoot.
F/5.6, 1/500, ISO 250.
Interesting Fact: Atlantic Ghost Crabs can hold oxygen in their air sacs for about six weeks. The crab has club-shaped eyestalks and it boasts of a 360° vision. This helps it see and catch insects that are even in mid-air. ( http://www.animalspot.net/ghost-crab-sand-crab.html )
Today is a very special day, and I would like to dedicate this post to the most important role model in my life. Without him, none of this would be possible. He dedicated his life working day and night so everyone in my family would have a bright future. So, on this amazing day, DAD-I would like to THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done for us and wish you all the best. I hope every day brings you happiness and health. Happy Father’s Day My Hero-Wlodzimierz Kondraciuk.
Polish: W ten specjalny dzien Tato brakuje me slow, zeby Ci podziekowac za cierpliwosc, dobroc, za rozumialosc, ciezka prace, i ojcowska odwage. Ale tak bardo chcialbym wyrazic wdziecznosc wlasnie tobie. Dziekuje Ci Kochany Tato.
F/4.5, 1/60, ISO400.
F/4.0, 1/60, ISO 800.
Interesting Fact: The first Father’s Day happened on June 17, 1910.
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup coming, every one is getting excited, even the Red Tail Hawk came down to take a closer look at a little league soccer game. The hawk liked the soccer game so much, he stayed around to play as a goalie. But since he wasn’t playing fair and the kids were scared of him, the referee gave him a red card and tossed him out of the game.
F/5.6, 1/500, ISO 200.
Interesting Fact: These birds of prey are also known as buzzard hawks and red hawks. By any name, they are keen-eyed and efficient hunters. Red-tails prefer open areas, such as fields or deserts, with high perching places nearby from which they can watch for prey. But these birds are adaptable and also dwell in mountains and tropical rain forests. Hawks have even embraced human habitats. They often perch on telephone poles and take advantage of the open spaces along the roadside to spot and seize mice, ground squirrels, rabbits, reptiles, or other prey. ( http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/red-tailed-hawk/ )
Allow Me to introduce to You a juvenile “Yellow Crowned Night Heron”. I came across this graceful bird foraging for food as the sun was setting in Secaucus, NJ. It took me few minutes and very slow movements to sneak up close enough to take few shoots, before it flew away in to the sunset.
F/5.6, 1/500, ISO 400.
Interesting Fact: Foraging birds stand still or slowly stalk crabs and other prey along shorelines, marshes, and fields. Once in striking range they lunge at their prey and seize it in their bill. They swallow small prey whole, but often shake apart, crush, or spear larger prey. They forage on their own, typically keeping other individuals at a distance of 15 feet or more. Courting Yellow-crowned Night-Herons make display flights around their colonies, sometimes with the neck conspicuously extended. Courting pairs make a neck-stretching display, slowly raising and then quickly pushing the head back between its shoulders, while fanning the long shoulder plumes. Males do this first and females sometimes follow. ( http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/yellow-crowned_night-heron/lifehistory )