Little Blue Taking A Break

This adult Little Blue Heron was found sitting in a tree almost covered in young birds. She looked pretty worn out.

Little Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Little Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge
Little Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Little Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

While all the small ones were squabbling and complaining she was almost above it all.

Little Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Little Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

I’m thinking she needed a little ‘me’ time.

Dealing With The Public

It’s not easy dealing with the public. This lady knows the secret. A big smile and a T-shirt that gives you fair warning.

Boiled Peanuts And A Great Big Smile - Click To Enlarge
Boiled Peanuts And A Great Big Smile – Click To Enlarge

Part of learning my way around a new town was to grab my old walk around camera, a 24 mm prime lens, and visit a local market.

Free Seating Southern Style - Click To Enlarge
Free Seating Southern Style – Click To Enlarge

Another bit of public relations here was to provide seating for weary shoppers. I didn’t see any takers but it’s the thought that counts.

Big Daddy's Pork Skins - Click To Enlarge
Big Daddy’s Pork Skins – Click To Enlarge

The gentleman above used free samples. Based on the lines he had it worked a lot better than folding chairs.

Farmers Market Sales - Click To Enlarge
Farmers Market Sales – Click To Enlarge

This farm didn’t employ any marketing tricks. They just opened early in a spot everyone had to pass.

Selling Local South Carolina Produce - Click To Enlarge
Selling Local South Carolina Produce – Click To Enlarge

Overall a farmers market in the south is a lot like northern ones.

However, one big difference. The variety of local fruit, vegetables, and fresh poultry and meats was incredible.

Oh yeah, the southern charm too.

 

 

Juvenile Little Blue Watching Below

This bird sat on his own away from all the other young ones. While the others called for food or fought with their siblings this one seemed to keep watch around the island.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Juvenile Little Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge
Juvenile Little Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Juvenile Little Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

We were part of his concern since he stared at us as much as anything else.

Alligator Moving On - Click To Enlarge
Alligator Moving On – Click To Enlarge

After some time we spotted this alligator swimming around the edge of the land. Something tells me he has had a run in with one before. He, of all the birds, was the only juvenile aware of what was lurking down below.

Egret Breeding Plumage

These photographs do not fit well within the web site header. This happens and when it does I often just don’t publish them.  I do like these so I skipped the page layout rules.

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Egret Breeding Plumage – Click To Enlarge
Egret Breeding Plumage - Click To Enlarge
Egret Breeding Plumage – Click To Enlarge

The Egret was off away from the open water where all the other birds were. I almost missed him in the trees. The breeding plumage was striking, so here he is.

Alligators, A South Carolina Swamp

In a previous article I published images of spiders, great big spiders.

They bother me a lot more than the alligators do. Not that I am getting close. The spiders may be large, but look at these images. These actually are, not by insect standards either.

Alligator South Carolina Swamp - Click To Enlarge
Alligator South Carolina Swamp – Click To Enlarge

These are not the ones that concern me. Twice I have stumbled on a smaller version. Just yesterday a small ( 3 feet maybe) size alligator was hiding in a pool of water on the opposite side of the swamp, 3 feet from our trail. I went right by him, blindly. Ellen gave me the sign, and he was floating there watching me. I moved away and he slipped underneath. He wouldn’t eat me but it would hurt.

Alligator South Carolina Swamp - Click To Enlarge
Alligator South Carolina Swamp – Click To Enlarge

Just a lesson and reminder to us both.

Juvenile Black Crested Night Heron

These photographs show the importance of learning your subject and scouting a location. All thanks to Perry, our guide for the first trip to the area.

Never would I have known where to look, or when found what I was looking at. A few days later when I returned to the area I knew where to focus my attention. And it was here I got these shots.

Juvenile Black Crested Night Heron - Click To Enlarge
Juvenile Black Crested Night Heron – Click To Enlarge
Juvenile Black Crested Night Heron - Click To Enlarge
Juvenile Black Crested Night Heron – Click To Enlarge

Like many young birds they don’t resemble their parents until much later on. No way would I have picked this as a Black Crested Night Heron. But here he is.

These photos were taken across a small open water area. The bird was hiding in the low limbs on an island. Ellen was sure a near by alligator would get him. He was fine.

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NOTE: This is a Black-Crowned Night Heron. Sorry.

Cattle Egret

A first for me. I have only seen them way off in fields, hanging around horses and cattle.

At the end of our morning walk, as we wrapped up, this bird showed up. He casually wandered around an open field. I did try to get closer but he moved in the opposite direction I went every time.

Cattle Egret - Click To Enlarge
Cattle Egret – Click To Enlarge

When he was done tormenting me this is what I ended with. Better than the usual butt end.

 

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