Category Archives: Wildlife

Wildlife Photography

Stork, (Over) Old Rice Fields

There is no shot of the rice fields, just the Stork fly by. However, I was on a dike between the marshes and old rice field. Here 99% of all stork shots are flying in the other direction.

He surprised me and I almost didn’t take any shots.

Stork, Over Old Rice Field
Stork, Over Old Rice Field

Below you can see the green tint on the black wing tips. The light must hit the wings a certain way for that to be visible.

Stork, Over Old Rice Field
Stork, Over Old Rice Field
Stork, Over Old Rice Field
Stork, Over Old Rice Field

He continued going in the ‘wrong’ direction ultimately landing in the back end of the marsh. Where of course there is no access.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Fun Pelican Chaos, Black And White

A few B&W fun shots.

These are best viewed large since things are happening everywhere… shrimp flying through the air, big Pelican bills poked inside other big Pelican bills, even a poor guy losing his hard fought fish.

Fun Pelican Chaos, Black And White
Fun Pelican Chaos, Black And White

In the above it took a while to figure out how a Pelican bill got inside another one !

Fun Pelican Chaos, Black And White
Fun Pelican Chaos, Black And White
Fun Pelican Chaos, Black And White
Fun Pelican Chaos, Black And White

Fish and shrimp were flying around in the last one.

You just never know what you might see out there.

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

The whistling ducks are a subfamily of the duck, goose and swan family of birds. They are not true ducks. (Wikipedia)

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Like many animals they have expanded their range and now we see them breeding in the Lowcountry.

They still need to learn to hide better. Above is the best I’ve seen them do. Typically the whole family is sitting out in the open… not good around here.

Fishing, Great Blue

It must have been a good spot since this Heron stayed and kept diving down for the small fish.

Fishing, Great Blue
Fishing, Great Blue
Fishing, Great Blue
Fishing, Great Blue

The morning was hot and hazy and I would have thought the birds tucked into shade somewhere. However, quite a few Herons and Egrets were still out.

Fishing, Great Blue
Fishing, Great Blue
Fishing, Great Blue
Fishing, Great Blue
Fishing, Great Blue
Fishing, Great Blue

This particular Heron looked to be young, so he may have had to work harder for fish.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.