Lynn and I were fortunate to be able to cruise the Caribbean once again earlier this month. I love watching birds and wildlife and trying to make photographs of their behavior. On this trip we both saw something for the first time.
On more than one occasion, birds followed our ship and dove for fish right along side.
There were mostly Brown Boobies with a few Masked Boobies mixed in.
Flying Fish were also plentiful along our route and the ship’s wake seemed to scare them up as we passed.
A closer look at the Flying Fish
Photographing the birds catching fish wasn’t easy. You have to track a bird (at high magnification) as it moves just above the water and focus / shoot continuously – then hope you catch the right moment before your camera buffer runs out. I managed to get a few frames although the quality is not high. This is probably the best one.
I was using a new camera (Olympus E-M1 II) for the bird / fish photos. The frame rate and continuous focus capabilities really helped. There’s a new “Pro Capture” mode on this that I couldn’t use (didn’t have the right lens). It captures frames with the shutter button pressed half way and saves them with a final frame when fully pressed. It would have made this use case easier. I’m looking forward to seeing how the camera works in other situations.
We also saw Magnificent Frigatebirds. They seem pretty common in the Caribbean – mostly in the harbors. I’ve only seen a few here in Florida, along both coasts
Female Magnificent Frigatebird
Cruise directors plan interesting things for passengers to do while at sea but these may not appeal to everyone. It’s good to have an alternative activity available like wildlife observation and photography when you’re looking for something fun to do.
I’m collecting other photos from the trip in this album on Flickr. And I have several other blog posts that feature photography from cruise ships. If you’re interested, see this link: https://edrosack.com/category/photo-ops-categorized-by-place/cruise-ships/
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4 thoughts on “Cruising Wildlife”
The Brown Booby image is really great. What a beautiful bird!
Happy New Year!
Thanks, Jim and Happy New Year to you too!
Great shots! Must have been a joy tackling such a challenging subject in such wonderful circumstances – happiness is! All the best to you for 2017.
PS As a btw, when one of your email alerts arrives, I always scroll quickly to the bottom of the email to click on ‘See all comments’, because this then takes me to the proper website page. It’s a much better way to read the blog, and see the shots, and it would be a shame if any of your readers get stuck just reading the email version. I wondered if a link at the top of the email might help.
Thank you Rhona – it was great fun. That’s good idea on the emails. I don’t think I have any control of it, but I will look.
I hope you and yours have a wonderful 2017 too!!