Getting all cuddly here.
As if it wasn’t crowded enough, the big guy in the middle crawled up.
Darn, that was my spot.
For Earth Day 2019 I thought to publish a photograph that shows us what we have, and what we could easily lose. I think this is a day where we can be allowed a short ‘soap box speech’.
The photograph was taken where a delicate balance is working, but can be so easily tipped over.
Clear and flowing water, both fresh and tidal, are needed for this ecosystem to exist. Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the fastest growing places in the US…and it’s a straight shot from here. This would not be the first land to be lost to uncontrolled development.
Roseate Spoonbills, like the ones above, are actually benefiting from climate changes. They have lost habitat all through Florida, but these marshes here are warm enough now for tropical birds. A bright spot if the marshes are protected.
As for these Alligators, well no housing areas are going to allow dinosaurs to wander around. The water, and housing would doom them.
Last is the hundred small shore birds dotting the background here. All subtropical, and none would do well feeding in parking lots.
Now the good news, this photograph is from a huge protected area, for the foreseeable future they are safe. But it could never exist without knowing it’s needs and help.
Funding and government support is going in the total wrong direction now. Off shore oil drilling was approved here. No one wants it, but no one asked either.
OK, end of Earth Day rant.
Here are three photographs taken as a Spoonbill walked by while feeding. You can see him keeping his eye on me in each.
I thought at the time he was looking the wrong way.
But maybe not. There were Yellowlegs and Stilts between him and the gators.
A case of you don’t need to run fast, just faster than the others with you.
I am slowly working through the various days of ‘A Watering Hole’ photographs. The series was taken over multiple days.
Since I rarely publish a complete days work before moving to the next images tend to sit, and even get lost.
Even for here these a unique photographs so I am making an effort to keep track of the different scenes we came across. Look at the above, it’s a pile of dinosaurs!
Any other time these bohemoths would be spread over a wide area.
Finding this many together, over a few days, was worthy of a little work.
BTW, at one point we counted 150 in a single marsh area.
This marsh area was becoming almost dry when these were shot. The water had receded to be in a single corner.
A few places were still deep enough for small fish though.
While Spoonbill prefer small crustaceans, a tiny fish will do fine.
At this point the watering hole was beginning to get crowded.
Only a large screen the detail of the birds is very clear. Click to enlarge.
Another ‘You can’t make this stuff up’ photograph.
Very impressive when they slide by without a sound.