Category Archives: Birds

Skimmers

A few shots taken as Black Skimmers worked a marsh pool near me.

Skimmers
Skimmers

These photographs were at the far end of the shallows. I had the idea of getting the Skimmers as they did their wide turns to make another pass over the surface.

Skimmers
Skimmers

The last two shots I finally was getting the flight directions right. This bird also had a small fish.

Skimmers
Skimmers

I discovered my best option was to keep a little more distance between me and the waters edge. These birds are much too fast.

Shooting wider, which requires more space, is the only way to keep up with them. I think a 100-400 would have been a better lens choice too. A bigger lens is like swinging around a couch 🤣🤣 LOL. You can’t do it for very long (if at all).

 

 

 

Can’t Imagine What He Caught, Pelican

White Pelicans feed by scooping up anything nearby, water, mud, and ‘stuff’. They prefer fish, but I don’t think they are all that picky.

Can’t Imagine What He Caught, Pelican
Can’t Imagine What He Caught, Pelican

Problem is… figuring out what to keep.

Can’t Imagine What He Caught, Pelican
Can’t Imagine What He Caught, Pelican

I think they just ‘swish’ it around a bit to find out.

White Pelicans on the edge of a marsh.

Gathering For A Quick Meal

An early day shot, but certainly not sunrise.

I find four different species in this group.

Gathering For A Quick Meal
Gathering For A Quick Meal

The easy one is the Snowy Egrets, look at the attitude. There are also Black-necked Stilts, Yellowlegs, and a Willett.

Gathering For A Quick Meal
Gathering For A Quick Meal
Gathering For A Quick Meal
Gathering For A Quick Meal
Gathering For A Quick Meal
Gathering For A Quick Meal

Above, I added the last shot after the article was finished…

Looking close you will find a Glossy Ibis. Hint; his head is only visible and underneath a Snowy LOL.

Wood Stork Fishing

This was one of several Storks fishing in a cut near the dry marshes. Cuts are like streams running between wetlands, so there was still water, and plenty of fish.

Wood Stork Fishing
Wood Stork Fishing
Wood Stork Fishing
Wood Stork Fishing

Smaller wading birds worked the edges like the Stilt above.

Wood Stork Fishing
Wood Stork Fishing
Wood Stork Fishing
Wood Stork Fishing

This cut ran along a dike giving me dry trail to walk past all the action without upsetting any of the birds (or Alligators).

Passing Snowy Egret

Taken in an old rice field, Donnelley wildlife area.

Passing Snowy Egret
Passing Snowy Egret
Passing Snowy Egret
Passing Snowy Egret

This spot has always been a marsh, though some parts were plantation rice fields. Later it was a large private reserve for a wealthy northern industrialist, and finally part of the Lowcountry state wildlife management areas.

Passing Snowy Egret
Passing Snowy Egret

I guess the only animal in this marsh longer than the Egret, Alligators.

Alligator
Alligator