Walking Along The Dikes - Click To Enlarge

Walking Along The Dikes

These photographs were taken in a spot we frequent when out photographing. While flat and open, the marsh / rice field areas here contain an amazing amount of wildlife. And yes, it is hot, humid, and has a fair share of biting insects.

Walking Along The Dikes - Click To Enlarge
Walking Along The Dikes – Click To Enlarge

This is in the Bear Island wildlife management area. it covers around 12,000 acres (49 km) of marshes and old rice fields. A series of canals and berms run through here, the water level is maintained by trucks (water gates).

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Walking Along The Dikes – Click To Enlarge

The reserve preserves the habitat of a number of endangered or threatened species, such as shortnosed sturgeon, wood storks, loggerhead sea turtles and bald eagles.

Alligators are common of course and most every type of wading bird, including Herons, Egrets, and Spoonbills, are here.

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Walking Along The Dikes – Click To Enlarge

The trails go on for miles, a map helps since cell phone service does not exist. Bear Island is a part of the ACE Basin reserve. ACE is 140,000 acres (570 km),  one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the Atlantic coast of the United States.

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Walking Along The Dikes – Click To Enlarge

You don’t want to get lost here.

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