Category Archives: A Watering Hole

Finally Got This Shot, Great Blue

I’m not sure I can describe where this Heron is standing. It’s a salt marsh, in a well hidden cut. Between the solid land and this bird is a series of small dry hummocks with brush and trees.

To get this shot you need to cross a thin raised trail to a tiny island. A jungle kind of look and feel…water had better be low.

Great Blue Herons love to stand on the stumps here. I can see them, never a clean shot though.

Finally Got This Shot, Great Blue
Finally Got This Shot, Great Blue

Anyway, the other day he was there, things looked dry and safe. I went for it.

Is it a great shot, amazingly different… no. In fact, the one I saw in my head was better.

Basically a boring story embellished because I wanted this image LOL.

Skimmers Fishing Together

I don’t get the opportunity for a shot like this often. It was a good day for Skimmers, not to say I didn’t miss a large number.

As the day went on the light was better and we were able to find the best locations.

Skimmers Fishing Together
Skimmers Fishing Together
Skimmers Fishing Together
Skimmers Fishing Together

When Skimmers are seriously fishing they tend to travel around in big circles, moving between open water. This means you can get an idea of where they will be when they circle back around.

Sometimes you guess right.

For a number of days large flocks of Black Skimmers worked the same marshes all around the ACE Basin wildlife areas. The first day I went along, another day Ellen was shooting also. Once or twice a ranger truck came by but for the most part we had thousands of acres all to ourselves.

Bring On The Skimmers !

One of the largest groups fishing together I have seen.

No matter how many there are they don’t slow down.

Bring On The Skimmers !
Bring On The Skimmers !

You would think that at least they would go in the direction, but no.

Skimmers are so acrobatic they dodge around and between each other… full speed.

Amazing.

Off On A High Spot, Alligators

This place is a high spot near one of the big trunks in the marsh. At any given time one of the locals is sunning.

Off On A High Spot, Alligators
Off On A High Spot, Alligators

The big guy never turned while I was there. I checked a few times.

Off On A High Spot, Alligators
Off On A High Spot, Alligators

Others came and went though.

Can’t have a day in the ‘hinterlands’ without a few gator shots.

 

Low Water Means They Are Out And About

There may have been a shift in the ‘good spots’.

Big guys get what they want in the Alligator world. Little guys wait and are carful until they become the big guys.

Low Water Means They Are Out And About

Low Water Means They Are Out And AboutA guess is the large guys kicked the others out of the nice sleeping spots. They were all around in the open, but no king size critters.

 

Alligator And “Wild’ Water

This shot interested me even if the water was ‘boiling’.

Alligator And "Wild' Water
Alligator And “Wild’ Water

As the marsh water recedes the insects, just like the fish, have a smaller area to inhabit. What you can see above, causing ripples , are millions of tiny insect larvae hatching in the heat.

These wildlife areas support life from the smallest to the largest.