Two interesting shots taken while in the right place at the right time.
As usual the locals were hanging together. The best part was how the black-necked Stilts worked the water around the big guys. These birds are visitors breeding in the warmer US spots before heading back down to South America. They quickly figure out how to deal with locals.
Before moving to the Lowcountry I had photographed Alligators here. However I don’t think I appreciated just how common they were. No matter what you may think of them they make for great photographs when out in the boonies.
All the photos above were taken in old rice fields within the Donnelley Wildlife Management Area. These particular rice fields are part of 8,500 acres of connected marshes. A single female Alligator lays about 50 eggs pre year. Survival rates are low. Even so, that many eggs per female, every year for centuries means there are a lot of these critters in those marshes.