Category Archives: What I Saw

Pink Angel Wings, Roseate Spoonbill

These were taken on a morning when the Spoonbill could not have been more accommodating.

Pink Angel Wings
Pink Angel Wings
Pink Angel Wings
Pink Angel Wings

This particular marsh was not very wide, but a good mile long.

Pink Angel Wings
Pink Angel Wings

There were three separate groups of Spoonbill and as usual they flew between each one.

Pink Angel Wings
Pink Angel Wings
Pink Angel Wings
Pink Angel Wings

There was some wind and I guess it was at my back since the birds seemed to land facing me most of the time.

The wing span and colors are especially striking when they drop down and ‘hit the brakes’ in front of you.

Pink Angel Wings
Pink Angel Wings

 

Night Heron, Juvenile

These were taken not far from the marsh that had all the young Night Herons around the Alligators.

I guess they have kept out of reach.

Night Heron, Juvenile
Night Heron, Juvenile

Ellen spotted him and we both took a few minutes getting some photographs.

Night Heron, Juvenile
Night Heron, Juvenile

This one is just getting old enough that you can see the start of the ruby red eyes he will get as an adult.

Little Panda, Charleston

Baby Roselyn has had a new gift for a few months now. The drizzle didn’t seem to be doing too much damage to him.

Little Panda, Charleston
Little Panda, Charleston

For 150+ years small gifts have been left to keep her company.

A plaster casting, or death mask, of her is under the tram covering. Death Masks were common in the mid 1800’s but few remain in cemeteries now. Perhaps the covering has kept it well protected from weather all these years.

Found Them, Pelican

The title, “Found Them’, starts the story here. There are places in the marshes not easy, or possible, to get close too.

However in the distance was a nice flock of White Pelican in one of those spots. Clear water, good light, and I decided to give it a try.

And yes, I found a trail near a wood line, that could be passed (ignore the snakes !).

Found Them, Pelican
Found Them, Pelican

Only enough time for a few shots but now I know it can be done.

Of course the trail disappears, a hidden foot bridge of boards needs to be found, and unsavory critters are around.

Somewhere I took a few shots of the bridge crossing the creek for reference. If found I will finish the adventure.

Always fun out there though.

Coexisting

Giving each other, different species, enough space keeps the peace out there. With a limited number of dry spots to sit, and still be safe, marsh birds have learned to make it work.

Coexisting
Coexisting

Double-crested Cormorant with a Great Blue Heron.

Oh yeah…there are exceptions. Great Egrets and the Great Blue can’t make this work for more than a few minutes. Both fit into the ‘alpha predator’ category. It becomes an issue of territory.