We tend to use our long lens like a telescope, or binoculars when looking around an area. Especially when we hit a spot where several dikes connect. Big marshes are an interconnected series of dikes and trunks covering miles of wetlands.
Below I was just looking down a side dike and snapped a shot so I could view the image in the back LCD expanded.
It was interesting, but tall grass so we continued going straight.
View the image full size you will see what I missed.
The closest thing was an Alligator on the trail.
A bit further the top of a trunk over the grass can be seen… with a Kingfisher looking out over the water.
Now, if we had walked down there the Kingfisher would have been long gone, the Alligator probably not. But we don’t need to go out of our way to find gators here.
I published because it’s a good example of what the dikes and big marshlands are like.
And of course ‘you never know what you may see out there’.
BTW, as I was viewing the post a final time I spotted more. In the background, top of a small tree, is a sleeping Great Egret.