Category Archives: What I Saw

Bath Time, Wood Storks

This is the type of image that I personally like. Some landscape, interesting wildlife, and just enough going on to make me stop and take a moment to ‘look’ at the photograph.

Best viewed large.

Bath Time, Wood Storks
Bath Time, Wood Storks

The birds in the foreground are a juvenile Stork on the left, and adult on the right. Both have bathed so their feathers are a bit ‘eschew’ .

The flock behind is also bathing, several have outstretched wings drying.

With a few Egrets way back I think this is a good example of a Lowcountry marsh scene.

 

 

Smooth Landing, Wood Stork

Wood Storks come in like passenger planes, they need some open space to move along as they touch down.

Smooth Landing, Wood Stork
Smooth Landing, Wood Stork

They also want to be with the other Storks.

At times I can see the crashes coming.

Smooth Landing, Wood Stork
Smooth Landing, Wood Stork

Never happens, and the others don’t seem bothered by the close calls.

Smooth Landing, Wood Stork
Smooth Landing, Wood Stork

They probably can’t get too angry, they will do the same thing next time.

Walking The Dikes, Bear Island, South Carolina

Recently I have been keeping a spare camera close while out in the marshes. When focusing on an individual bird, alligator, or other animal the size and scope of the location is lost.

Here I stopped a few times and just took a few photographs of the area.

Walking The Dikes, Bear Island, South Carolina
Walking The Dikes, Bear Island, South Carolina

This morning shot was before full sun, you can see the blue sky reflecting into the water. And of course one of the local alligators swimming by.

Walking The Dikes, Bear Island, South Carolina
Walking The Dikes, Bear Island, South Carolina

We deal with the grass and reeds on every dike. However there are always open places to see through. Just never where you want them at any given time.

Walking The Dikes, Bear Island, South Carolina
Walking The Dikes, Bear Island, South Carolina

This is looking down a particularly long impoundment (old rice field) pond. At the far end another series of dikes intersect.

Walking The Dikes, Bear Island, South Carolina
Walking The Dikes, Bear Island, South Carolina

Some dikes are wider than others and can be used by the state DNR pickup trucks. A few times a year visitors can use these as short cuts too.

Bear Island wildlife area is one of many large preserves that run along the South Carolina coast. The full basin preserves are a patch work of State, Federal, and private trusts to create the largest  marsh wildlife area in the eastern US.

The idea started as an experiment doomed for failure, except it worked. Land is still being added.