The area around this swamp has been changed drastically over the years. Land here is owned by Magnolia Plantation which is really all about the houses and gardens. The back has been left to ‘mother nature’. She hasn’t been kind to a few places though.
This small heron was in an area that had been slowly cleaned of thick vegetation. Now the swamp land and water are taking hold again.
It can get deep enough for Anhinga to hunt underwater at times. That only was possibly about six years ago.
It’s surprising how quickly fish and other small wetland residents return. There is plenty for these wading birds to hunt now.
Other parts of the swamp are being returned too. Once there was a thriving second rookery a half mile down a trail. Parts are clear again, perhaps alligators will swim down and nesting return. Both go hand in hand for a rookery to be viable here.