Category Archives: What I Saw

Nine-banded Armadillo

It’s time for the strange little critters to be roaming around. Next month we should see even more, June is breeding season.

Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo

This is the most common Armadillo. You find them in North, Central, and South America. In the US it’s the warmer semi-tropical areas, usually. Like every other animal habitat rules are out the window.

Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo

In typical Armadillo fashion this one had no clue I was there. I repeat this a lot but, they hardly hear, can’t really see, and always have their head stuck in the ground looking for worm thingies.

Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo

We spotted this adult on the side of a dirt road near swamps. The kind of place they love.

Eagles Make An Appearance

With all the activity in the marshes now it was only a matter of time until we bumped into Bald Eagles. They are always around, we even know where they will be watching us from.

However, getting action shots is all about timing. It takes an Eagle a few minutes to move in, get prey, and leave. Being in the right spot here takes luck too.

Below, a quick grab and he’s gone.

Eagles Make An Appearance
Eagles Make An Appearance
Eagles Make An Appearance
Eagles Make An Appearance

But the low water means they need a new plan, not just swoop down out of their pine tree.  The Eagle above might have even been confused. He was standing where he was fishing just the other day.

Eagles Make An Appearance

Eagles Make An AppearanceA juvenile (above) also landed, but he just watched the adults.

Eagles Make An Appearance
Eagles Make An Appearance
Eagles Make An Appearance
Eagles Make An Appearance

Eventually they all reverted back to normal, left us standing there while they flew off.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

New Life In A Swamp

Swamps are dark, foreboding, and full of life.

New Life In A Swamp
New Life In A Swamp

One of them was curious having heard the camera clicks.

New Life In A Swamp
New Life In A Swamp
New Life In A Swamp
New Life In A Swamp

We spotted them walking parallel to us through the Four Hole Swamp. The fawn worked her way a little closer to us for a quick look.

New Life In A Swamp
New Life In A Swamp

Mom watched but didn’t seem very concerned.

New Life In A Swamp
New Life In A Swamp

Eventually they turned and went deeper into the swamp.

This was not the first time we have come across White Tailed Deer, both fawns and adults. It’s not an easy life but apparently it suits them.

Four Hole Swamp, Biedler Forest area, South Carolina.

 

 

 

Prothonotary warbler

A tiny, bright, little warbler from the West Indies, Central America, and Northern South America.

Prothonotary warbler
Prothonotary warbler

Early summer they show up in the Lowcountry, a little later they go even further north. We have plenty of them here, but you need to go to the swamps. They love warm swamps and the big Cypress Knees, which can be hollow. A perfect nest location.

Prothonotary warbler
Prothonotary warbler
Prothonotary warbler
Prothonotary warbler

The big Four Holes Swamp is the best place to find them this time of year.

Prothonotary warbler
Prothonotary warbler

Most of the birds we see have been banded at some point. Either here, or down in Central America. They can have three bands, each documenting their life cycle.

Prothonotary warbler
Prothonotary warbler

If you have patience standing in one location and listening will eventually take to a spot where you will find them.

I prefer to walk and watch Ellen. She finds them.

 

Change Of Plans, Snowy

He had an idea and was moving right along at a nice speed.

Change Of Plans, Snowy
Change Of Plans, Snowy

I think he also had food for some young.

Change Of Plans, Snowy
Change Of Plans, Snowy

The next stop was a for quick rest in the Egrets favorite spot, the old ramp.

Change Of Plans, Snowy
Change Of Plans, Snowy

Abort !

A slight turn and he went direct to the rookery island. He didn’t need that rest after all.

Alligator And “Wild’ Water

This shot interested me even if the water was ‘boiling’.

Alligator And "Wild' Water
Alligator And “Wild’ Water

As the marsh water recedes the insects, just like the fish, have a smaller area to inhabit. What you can see above, causing ripples , are millions of tiny insect larvae hatching in the heat.

These wildlife areas support life from the smallest to the largest.

Inside An Old Swamp

At some point this should be viewed full screen, a large screen.

This is in Four Holes Swamp, a blackwater creek system. It is 18,000 acres of Bald Cypress and Tupelo Trees. Some over 1,000 years old.

The description swamp is really a general term, there are all types, even in the Lowcountry. However, if you grew up thinking of those dark, muddy, wet, places where you lost all sense of direction… this is the place.

Even Hollywood finds spots here for scenes with the stereotypical swamp.  Think Mel Gibson in the Patriot, hiding from the British in swamps. Not only did they shoot those scenes in Four Holes Swamp, the real ‘swamp fox’ that the story was based on did live and hide inside here.

Inside An Old Swamp
Inside An Old Swamp
Inside An Old Swamp
Inside An Old Swamp

Plenty of wildlife lives here. Getting photographs is a different story.

Yesterday was a perfect, and rare cool day to walk around in this swamp.

Beidler Forest, Four Hole Swamp, South Carolina.