They knew I was passing, but they did allow me to reach an open spot for the exit.
The biggest obstacle here is the tall grass and reeds. A minimum of 8 feet (2.5 meters), usually more. I can probably photograph only 10% of what we see.
The light was low yet. These are from the first section of dike we walked. I saw them long before we could get a clear shot.
You can see glare starting on the water even as the sun was still low.
It’s still a treat to see these beautiful birds and a bonus to get the take off here.
Bear Island, South Carolina.