In the last couple of weeks, we have had a lot of Elegants start to show up on the sand bars and edges of the bays. This photo is a section of a sand bar nearly 150 yards long, so it is hard to show the whole thing.
These slim, approximately 17" birds feed by diving into the water to catch small minnows. Catching one of these very fast, relatively small birds, while diving is quite a challenge..
They will hover....looking for that perfect little morsel...
Then, dive straight down....
Here is a shot just milliseconds before hitting the water
Hoping to get there before the minnow has a chance to dive out of harms ways.
After a few little snacks, it is off to the sand bar or rock piling to stretch out, get dry and perhaps take a nap!