Ignoring the Rain
Well, sometimes you just have to. As long as it isn't pouring down or flooding you can manage and often get nice shots.
My fave photographer Bill Maroldo and I went to Surfside on Wednesday, March 11 as it was supposed to be cloudy with a chance of rain. Turned out to be rainy with a chance of clouds.
We had recently explored the area next to the Surfside Jetty. There is a park and a rather large pond near the parking lot entrance. The water comes from the Harbor Channel, but is protected and quiet. We had seen Greater Yellowlegs there one time before, and even a Clapper Rail. It was threatening rain when we set up on the shoulder to check out a Great Blue Heron. He didn't stick around, but the Snowy Egret was really active.
The Snowy edged closer to us and was catching tiny, minnow sized silver fish. He did a curious head shake when he did catch a fish.
And threw the little fish into the air ...scattering droplets...
... to catch and gulp. We took a lot of photos of the Snowy during a break in the rain, and then decided to move on. We found a Clapper Rail in a ditch but he just got too close for good photos. I never thought I would say that, but they move in fast, often closer than minimum focus distance and move away just as quickly. They are a challenge.
We stopped by the Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary to scout for early migrants. Near the entrance we found a Black-and-White Warbler. A new bird for me to photograph as I have only caught glimpse of them before. He foraged up an old, bare trunk from bottom to top in a spiral reminiscent of a nuthatch.
Cute little fellow. I shot this in the rain standing under the observation tower for shelter.
There were scads of Savannah Sparrows on the grass looking for seeds and insects. I was lucky when one flushed up and stayed on a branch for an instant. Savannahs are plentiful here during our winter but will move north soon.
Headed back to the highway from Quintana Bill spotted a wet Green Heron in a ditch. He turned around and we both took photos from the vehicle. It was raining a fine drizzle by then; sometimes one side of the vehicle is unusable due to blowing mist. We turned around several times so each of us had time to shoot.
At least the bird was cooperative and didn't fly off.
It was exciting to see a Green Heron as most of them leave the Gulf Coast for the winter. Seeing the first of the year is a sure sign Spring is just around the corner.
And have you had enough rain? and fog? I love overcast and foggy days for photos but I always think about how bad it makes the commute. Let me know in the comments below.