Locals We Met In A Rice Field

Locals We Met In A Rice Field

The old rice fields, now mostly marsh,  in the wildlife areas rarely fail to provide a good many different birds.

I have grouped together a few miscellaneous photographs all taken the same morning  in the Donnelley wildlife management area.

Locals We Met In A Rice Field
Locals We Met In A Rice Field

Looking back now at this winter I can safely say the White Pelican numbers wintering here have increased. In the past they would be found down the road in larger marshes. This year they are in all the open waters.

Locals We Met In A Rice Field
Locals We Met In A Rice Field

Above is a double-crested Cormorant. Some are year round here, but many more are migrants from up north. In this marsh Cormorants are winter residents. The Anhinga may push them out.

Locals We Met In A Rice Field
Locals We Met In A Rice Field

Great Egrets are everywhere, all the time. Spring just makes it easier to photo them.

Locals We Met In A Rice Field
Locals We Met In A Rice Field

A White Pelican again, with an audience in the background. A Tricolored Heron can be seen in the grass as well as a Moor Hen. Tricolors are another year round heron.

As an aside, all the images were shot within a half mile radius.  Deer, boar, bobcat, otter, and other mammals are in the woods surrounding each marsh. The density of wildlife here can be surprising.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

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