She was very popular for a while. Several of us photographed her as she sat and posed. While she was not thrilled to have us walk by there was no panic at being close. Actually I think she was posing when we left.
This ‘snake bird’ is not attractive at all when swimming and diving. But look at the soft colors and bright eyes here.
The other day while out we bumped into a few photographer friends who also needed to get moving. Weather has been steadily getting colder and us of the southern climes tend to hide a little now. Freah air was needed.
It turned into a small 6 person tour of the wood/swamp. Not a single one of us trying to be quiet.
This owl didn’t seem to care.
I think he was hoping we would walk by and leave him in peace, and we almost did since only one of us was paying any attention.
With the exception of the first image the owl was watching the ‘traveling circus’ with the big cameras. Of which I was not one at this time.
Half asleep he was paying attention to the others, I had just fell behind and moved a bit into the woods.
The Owl watched us all but was bored and could hardly keep his eyes open.
We all took a gazillion photographs, most all useless I guess since the light was gone quickly.
However, the Owl fell asleep and we moved on since this really wasn’t about photography at all. It was a chance meeting of friends, photographers, and lots of laughs.
Some days out there it’s like all the locals turn out at the same time. This was one of them. He was much too large to be a female, hence the title here.
Nobody really knows how many Alligator are around the Lowcountry, but I have heard over 110,000. Not sure where the number came from, it stuck in my head as a lot, but considering the marsh sizes and what we see that may be low.
This is another photograph that takes advantage of a fall background. The branch here is on a dead tree situated on a small marsh island. At the proper angle everything behind a bird is a far distance.
Photographed at Donnelley WMA, ACE Basin, South Carolina.