Marsh Scenes, ACE Basin

Fall Marsh Scenes, ACE Basin

A few fall scenes taken at sunrise in large marshes.

It was a pretty morning with the typical golden fall colors. I was using two cameras and managed to catch images a little wide and  the nice scenery along with the locals.

Marsh Scenes, ACE Basin
Marsh Scenes, ACE Basin

Early light and the White Pelicans were joining up for the morning fishing. Above was just a part of the flock so I’m guessing there were a few hundred of the big guys. In the far back you can (almost) see flocks of Blue-winged Teals.

Marsh Scenes, ACE Basin
Marsh Scenes, ACE Basin

Above is the second Pelican flock. If you view this large you will see the Great Blue Herons in their grouping and Wood Storks in the background.

Marsh Scenes, ACE Basin
Marsh Scenes, ACE Basin

Great Blue Herons were along the edges of the reeds and getting territorial about the spaces. Above you see their posturing, standing tall, head back. Half the time it amounts to nothing. The other half is all flapping wings and squawking.

Marsh Scenes, ACE Basin
Marsh Scenes, ACE Basin

This last photograph is a moving line of Pelicans fishing. They created a straight line and worked their way back and forth through the open water.

This is a huge open water area in a marsh but even so, with this many large birds systematically working the surface fish will become depleted. Ultimately the Pelican will move to another location that can support them. Probably one with no access so we can’t find.

Donnelley rice fields, South Carolina.

 

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