Category Archives: Swamp

A Marsh Scene, Great Egret

When I saw the Egret walking along in the new grown marsh grass I immediately shot wide.

A Marsh Scene, Great Egret
A Marsh Scene, Great Egret

There was no chaos, no real sounds even.

A Marsh Scene, Great Egret
A Marsh Scene, Great Egret

I’m not even sure I knew what to expect, or try to catch.

Turns out I still like it.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

 

Great Blue Putting On The Brakes

I went out doing my ‘slow day’ Alligator hunt in the large marshes recently. Not much going on at the time.

I did not see this Great Blue coming, but I sure heard him. He gave out one of those deep, loud, squawks seemingly out of nowhere.

Great Blue Putting On The Brakes
Great Blue Putting On The Brakes

He must have been coming in fast I never saw the touch down.

But he pushed those big wings to slow himself down.

Great Blue Putting On The Brakes
Great Blue Putting On The Brakes

Another sign of how fast he was moving is the trail of splashing water left behind.

Great Blue Putting On The Brakes
Great Blue Putting On The Brakes

He did stop fairly quickly. The big guy did leave his wings outstretched while walking along.

They can be a bit of a show off.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Egrets Still Playing House

I grabbed this shot just as the male on the right dropped his stick. The other bird made no move to take it.

Both still have the green lore around their eyes, signs of mating, but no real nest building. There was an old one nearby though.

Egrets Still Playing House
Egrets Still Playing House
Egrets Still Playing House
Egrets Still Playing House

Maybe this is practice for next year ???

Egrets Still Playing House
Egrets Still Playing House