Category Archives: Wildlife

Wildlife Photography

Butterfly, In A Garden (1)

While out exploring new places in the South Carolina area we made a stop at the Clemson University gardens.

Butterfly, In A Garden (1)
Butterfly, In A Garden (1)

Much of the flowers have gone by, but there were still enough to draw in Butterfly’s.

Butterfly, In A Garden (1)
Butterfly, In A Garden (1)

A rain shower, and it being the end of the day, limited what we could see, but these images (a few more to finish) give an idea of what was there.

Butterfly, In A Garden (1)
Butterfly, In A Garden (1)

Egret In The Reeds

I did not see this Great Egret fly in, but I assume it just did based on the wing flapping and dancing.

Egret In The Reeds
Egret In The Reeds

This was a rather long distance but lately I have been paying more attention to the surrounding area of a shot that the actual subject. Probably just mixing things up a bit.

Ready For Trouble, Great Blue Heron And Great Egret

I took this shot across a marsh, the photograph itself taken a little wide.  I wanted to catch the entire scene, and any interaction that might happen between these two.

Ready For Trouble, Great Blue Heron And Great Egret
Ready For Trouble, Great Blue Heron And Great Egret

The Heron walked past the Egret and postured in the ‘ready for anything’ stance.

Ready For Trouble, Great Blue Heron And Great Egret
Ready For Trouble, Great Blue Heron And Great Egret

An adult Great Egret will choose to keep away from the larger Heron, this one was no exception.

I think the Heron was considering chasing the Egret, but since the bird didn’t move he thought better of it and continued on.

Ready For Trouble, Great Blue Heron And Great Egret
Ready For Trouble, Great Blue Heron And Great Egret

Funny, but after the Great Blue walked by I thought the Egret was going to sneak up on him. He certainly looked to be considering it.

Little Blue Heron, Almost Blue

The Little Blue featured here is probably just a few months away from being a full adult. The white feathers are almost gone.

Little Blue Heron, Almost Blue
Little Blue Heron, Almost Blue
Little Blue Heron, Almost Blue
Little Blue Heron, Almost Blue

I find the light, almost grey colors, interesting because the bird will soon be a deep and dark blue.

Little Blue Heron, Almost Blue
Little Blue Heron, Almost Blue

The pigmentation in the existing feathers must change quickly. If the color is depending on new growth I’m guessing we would have a large number of ‘plucked chickens’ walking around the swamps.

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A Familiar Face, Alligator

We joke among ourselves that some of the Alligators we recognize. These were taken in a wildlife area with large marshes that we visit often.

A Familiar Face, Alligator
A Familiar Face, Alligator

I read recently there are 75 Alligators in every hectare or 2 1/2 acres of marsh.

A Familiar Face, Alligator
A Familiar Face, Alligator

This particular Alligator noticed us and as you can see above came right over to meet us.

A Familiar Face, Alligator
A Familiar Face, Alligator

Eventually he slowed down and turned.

A Familiar Face, Alligator
A Familiar Face, Alligator

As he drifted over…it was ‘Snaggle Tooth’. A large Alligator with an unusual tooth.

A Familiar Face, Alligator
A Familiar Face, Alligator

A number of the larger locals have scars and old wounds. So yes, we do recognize some of them. It’s not really all that hard though.