Category Archives: Marsh

Stork, (Over) Old Rice Fields

There is no shot of the rice fields, just the Stork fly by. However, I was on a dike between the marshes and old rice field. Here 99% of all stork shots are flying in the other direction.

He surprised me and I almost didn’t take any shots.

Stork, Over Old Rice Field
Stork, Over Old Rice Field

Below you can see the green tint on the black wing tips. The light must hit the wings a certain way for that to be visible.

Stork, Over Old Rice Field
Stork, Over Old Rice Field
Stork, Over Old Rice Field
Stork, Over Old Rice Field

He continued going in the ‘wrong’ direction ultimately landing in the back end of the marsh. Where of course there is no access.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

The whistling ducks are a subfamily of the duck, goose and swan family of birds. They are not true ducks. (Wikipedia)

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Like many animals they have expanded their range and now we see them breeding in the Lowcountry.

They still need to learn to hide better. Above is the best I’ve seen them do. Typically the whole family is sitting out in the open… not good around here.

Fishing, Great Blue

It must have been a good spot since this Heron stayed and kept diving down for the small fish.

Fishing, Great Blue
Fishing, Great Blue
Fishing, Great Blue
Fishing, Great Blue

The morning was hot and hazy and I would have thought the birds tucked into shade somewhere. However, quite a few Herons and Egrets were still out.

Fishing, Great Blue
Fishing, Great Blue
Fishing, Great Blue
Fishing, Great Blue
Fishing, Great Blue
Fishing, Great Blue

This particular Heron looked to be young, so he may have had to work harder for fish.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

 

Wood Stork Investigates A Marsh

The Wood Stork is found in subtropical and tropical habitats in the Americas, including the Caribbean. (Wikipedia). However, like everything else things have changed. You can find them in the Lowcountry most all year. A cold January they might go to Florida for a month. But we might too.

Wood Stork Investigates A Marsh
Wood Stork Investigates A Marsh

If you should walk up on a Wood Stork, be prepared to have a huge bird look you in the eye (around 5 feet).

Wood Stork Investigates A Marsh
Wood Stork Investigates A Marsh

Wood Storks circle as high as an Eagle but like this one a low fly by is how they check out places to land.

A few different Storks came by but all went off towards the furthest marshes.

Wood Stork Investigates A Marsh
Wood Stork Investigates A Marsh

 

A Surprise Anhinga

His head popped up, hanging onto a nice size fish. I had no idea he was swimming nearby.

A Surprise Anhinga
A Surprise Anhinga

Unlike other diving birds Anhinga use their sharp bill like a spear.

A Surprise Anhinga
A Surprise Anhinga
A Surprise Anhinga
A Surprise Anhinga

Like all these birds the fish is head first to avoid sharp gills.

A Surprise Anhinga
A Surprise Anhinga

This time the bird has him perfectly positioned… and it was gone in a flash.