While photographing birds at Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, I noticed a Double-crested Cormorant splashing wildly about in the water.
The cormorant would travel about 20 – 30 feet while splashing its wings in the water. This must be some kind of washing / bathing behavior. Whatever the purpose of the cormorant splashing, it sure was fun to photograph.
I’ve also seen white pelicans conduct similar splashing behavior. I captured a series of photographs of this behavior and included 5 in this blog post.
To capture this type of fast action, make sure your camera to an auto focus tracking mode and shoot at the highest frames per second (fps) available on your camera.
On Canon DSLRs, I set the autofocus mode to AI Servo and High Speed Continuous frame rate.
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Written by Martin Belan