Sunday, September 14, 2008

Weary weather warriors.


Two weeks, two hurricanes. It has been quite a ride. Fortunately for us, we just got a glancing blow from each. However, a glancing blow from a hurricane like these is like being a foot mat for an elephant for a couple days.

I gained a lot of respect for guys like the one above. They are out in the weather weather it is good, bad, terrible, or hurricane. These are the real weather warriors. This shot was from our , short evacuation to Perdido Key last week. Despite the fact that we had gale force winds almost the entire time we were there, these guys had to keep up the food hunting routine -- I assume a couple days without a good slimy dinner and he could get pretty weak. Fortunately, the beach always seems to have a good choice of delicacies -- if only the humans would get out of the way and leave it to the professionals.

By the way. I didn't get time to identify this bird. Got any idea what he is?

--steve buser

11 comments:

Tanya said...

I don't know what he is but he's beautiful. Awesome photograph!

Virginia said...

I have no idea what kind he is but I really like that shot of him with the rolling surf behind him.

angela said...

Glad that you weathered the storm..No idea about the bird but his wing markings are stunning.

Bernie said...

Nice shot. I would identify that as just a cool-looking bird.

My wife, the bird enthusiast, says it is a willet, a shore bird found along much of the US coast as well as Central and northern South America. She compared it to photos in one of her bird books to verify her identification. And that concludes today's ornithology lesson. :)

JM said...

Lovely picture with a great background! As to the bird, sorry, I have no idea...

Laurie said...

Steve, your bird shots are better than ANY others. I don't know what this little fellow is called, but I love his spirit.

Wanda said...

I'm so glad you and your family are safe.

The bird is beautiful.

Loco Joe said...

Nice photo - I like the waves in the background. Glad Ike was kind to you and your area. You should see the big ditch, it's got a lot of water in it. But, still has room for more.

Rambling Round said...

You got a great shot here. Perfect background.

Sharon said...

Wow, this is a beautiful shot. That churning water in the background is great.

babooshka said...

I'm clueless, but it is marvellous.