Category Archives: Swamp

Looking For Snacks, Alligator

When I first started to follow Alligators I never really thought about how they hunt for food. I just assumed it was see something, chase it, bite it, eat it.

While that’s true most of the time it’s much different. They splash, poke, and dig.

Looking For Snacks, Alligator
Looking For Snacks, Alligator

This Alligator was in front of me splashing around to see what he could scare up.

Looking For Snacks, Alligator
Looking For Snacks, Alligator
Looking For Snacks, Alligator
Looking For Snacks, Alligator

A few others were doing the same thing so I guess it was working.

Looking For Snacks, Alligator
Looking For Snacks, Alligator
Looking For Snacks, Alligator
Looking For Snacks, Alligator

They may be big animals, yet the amount of food needed is very little. A single pound (.5 kilogram) can be good for a week. Of course like the rest of us if they get something bigger it’s OK with them.

Looking For Snacks, Alligator
Looking For Snacks, Alligator

Once they find food, it’s back to their favorite past time… floating.

Ibis And Yellowlegs

I knew getting both birds close together would not happen. I decided to concentrate on the Glossy Ibis. It’s much harder to capture than the Greater Yellowlegs behind him.

Ibis And Yellowlegs
Ibis And Yellowlegs

I must admit at the time I didn’t know it was the Greater Yellowlegs, I don’t see many of them either. If I had there’s a chance the shots would not have happened at all by the time I figured which I wanted to pay more attention to.

Ibis And Yellowlegs
Ibis And Yellowlegs
Ibis And Yellowlegs
Ibis And Yellowlegs

Glossy are very dark and it’s easy to miss getting any kind of detail. I speak from experience.

Ibis And Yellowlegs
Ibis And Yellowlegs

Walking By, Roseate Spoonbill

The Spoonbill walked through a rice field the other day doing the typical digging around for small prey.

Walking By, Roseate Spoonbill
Walking By, Roseate Spoonbill

They like to walk along while turning their beak back and forth through the shallow water. This stirs up anything that may be in front of them.

Walking By, Roseate Spoonbill
Walking By, Roseate Spoonbill

I’ve seen them go the entire length of a marsh sifting all around.

Walking By, Roseate Spoonbill
Walking By, Roseate Spoonbill

ACE Basin.

Spoonbill By Charleston’s Cooper River

These were taken the first week in September and promptly went to the ‘black hole of photographs’. No reason I can think of since I, like most people, enjoy the big pink birds.

Spoonbill By Charleston's Cooper River
Spoonbill By Charleston’s Cooper River
Spoonbill By Charleston's Cooper River
Spoonbill By Charleston’s Cooper River
Spoonbill By Charleston's Cooper River
Spoonbill By Charleston’s Cooper River

I think the tide was pulling the water back out to the river. This is not a place I would usually associate with Spoonbill, I always think big marshes.

Spoonbill By Charleston's Cooper River
Spoonbill By Charleston’s Cooper River
Spoonbill By Charleston's Cooper River
Spoonbill By Charleston’s Cooper River

For photographers who don’t want to venture out to places in the ACE Basin they can wander close to home and maybe get a few shots.

Outside Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston.

Tricolored Passing

Not the fastest in flight but certainly not the slowest.

Tricolored Passing
Tricolored Passing
Tricolored Passing
Tricolored Passing

He popped up out of a marsh and came past me instead of going the logical path… the other direction.

Tricolored Passing
Tricolored Passing

I think I was at an odd angle here turning as he went by.

Tricolored Passing
Tricolored Passing

You don’t get to pick the how you would like it. Actually there are times we just skip an opportunity for one reason or another.

Of course that’s at the end of the day when the gear feels twice as heavy.