With twelve new avian friends made during the past week, a couple yet to ID, and still time to find more, I set out for a coastal wetland walk this morning. The flip side of bright light in a setting like this is extreme atmospheric aberration, and shots of new friend #13, a too-distant Black-Necked Stork, had ample evidence of the challenge.
Still, it was a great morning until I saw what first looked like some odd-shaped foliage partially visible in the water. Zooming with the RF 100-400mm with the extender attached, I could also see a pair of eyes just above the water, eyes that belonged to a potentially dangerous saltwater crocodile (below).
Not waiting to see what it might do, I made the twenty-minute retreat to my car in fifteen. After lunch, a “boring” city botanical garden seemed like a good idea for a place to visit.