The Late Afternoon Face-Off
Great Egret (Ardea alba) and California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) vying for fish at the outdoor "Pacific Point Preserve" exhibit at SeaWorld Orlando.
7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, Florida: 28 December 2013
part of the SeaWorld Orlando album
Antique metal match holder complete with wooden matches hung from a nail on the kitchen wall in the Woodrow Wilson House (1915).
2340 S Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia: 31 January 2014
part of the Woodrow Wilson House album
A fish escapes from an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) after being caught in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park.
Near Pioneer Drive, Jacksonville, Florida: 24 November 2012
part of the Thanksgiving 2012 album
When I first spotted this Anhinga anhinga just north of the main lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, it had just caught a fish. As the bird prepared to eat its catch, something happened and the fish successfully launched itself from the anhinga's bill with amazing speed and agility.
I pressed the shutter button repeatedly and captured three frames as the anhinga rapidly reacted by diving into the pond in pursuit.
From escape to pursuit, everything seen above took place inside of two seconds. The anhinga returned seventeen seconds later, apparently without the fish.
I have no idea what ultimately occurred below the water's surface, but I was left with the impression that the fish did not become a meal that afternoon.
The Inevitable Conclusion
Bolt and washer at the base of the hand water pump over a trough for the mule lot at Dudley Farm Historic State Park.
18730 West Newberry Road, Newberry, Florida: 16 February 2014
part of the Dudley Farm Historic State Park album
Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) in a tree at the southern end of the rookery.
999 Anastasia Boulevard, St. Augustine, Florida: 27 May 2013
part of the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park album