When photographing wildlife I strive to capture an emotional element, or a story of the animal and it's relation to the environment.
THE ARIVAL Mallard Hen
Two Red-Brested Merganser ducks make their way over the crest of a wave as they head out to sea. The waves that day were eight feet in height. The red-breasted merganser is the fasted duck ever recorded that attained a top airspeed of 100 mph.
This Harlequin duck makes it's way through a wave as it's cresting toward shore.
This pair rides the swell of a wave as it passes by. The storm had passed and there were eight foot swells still to contend with.
HEIGHT OF THE STORM
These shore tern birds are fast and strong. They stay on the rocks near the waterline during storms searching for food on the rocks covered in seaweed. They will fly up as the wave hits the shoreline and land when the water settles back down. You can see the violent surf in the background which eventually comes to the shoreline.