Little Snowy Pacing Around

Snowy Egrets are like a combination of the class clown and the town drunk. You never know what to expect.

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Little Snowy Pacing Around – Click To Enlarge

One minute they are prancing and dancing, the other running around looking to pick a fight.

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Little Snowy Pacing Around – Click To Enlarge
Little Snowy Pacing Around - Click To Enlarge
Little Snowy Pacing Around – Click To Enlarge

Oh, and during breeding season they make an indescribable, bizarre, and hysterical clucking sound.

Old Magnolia Cemetery Visit

This is the oldest public cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina. Within the grounds are hundreds of grave sites for Confederate soldiers and sailors. It is also an incredible example of the old southern cemeteries with above ground sites, carved head stones. and early wrought iron fencing.

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Old Magnolia Cemetery – Click To Enlarge
Old Magnolia Cemetery - Click To Enlarge
Old Magnolia Cemetery – Click To Enlarge

An eerie feeling is added by the general decay that has set in over the years. Parts of the old section are abandon, others are falling into the surrounding marsh.

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Old Magnolia Cemetery – Click To Enlarge
Old Magnolia Cemetery - Click To Enlarge
Old Magnolia Cemetery – Click To Enlarge

The cemetery is usually empty, except for the occasional photographer.

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Old Magnolia Cemetery – Click To Enlarge
Old Magnolia Cemetery - Click To Enlarge
Old Magnolia Cemetery – Click To Enlarge

Every time we visit the images are different. This is a location that every photographer visiting Charleston should find. However, always visit when there is wind. The marsh land insects can be very hungry.

 

 

Tale Of Two Herons: Awkward Phase

When out checking the status of these 2 chicks all seemed fine. Except for their appearance.

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Tale Of Two Herons, Awkward Phase – Click To Enlarge
Tale Of Two Herons, Awkward Phase - Click To Enlarge
Tale Of Two Herons, Awkward Phase – Click To Enlarge

Wow…

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Tale Of Two Herons, Awkward Phase – Click To Enlarge

The size difference is clear. However, both are now up and moving. Not a great thing when hanging 40 feet over swamp water. They can protect themselves now though.

Blue Heron Getting Close

Many of the birds, here a Great Blue Heron, are doing their best to ignore people. The weather is now warm, and we are not the only ones around.

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Blue Heron Getting Close – Click To Enlarge

The above bird stood his ground as we walked by. Fishing must have been good.

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Blue Heron Getting Close – Click To Enlarge

Here another heron walked by us with only a small pond between.

BTW, the background brush here is a complete contradiction to the heron. Harsh sun was on the greens. The heron came out well. I liked it, my wife not so much.

I don’t have the manual settings handy but it may be worth a little research. I hit harsh light all the time.

Aging Great Blue Heron

This bird is a constant presence in the marshes along the Ashley River. At first I had thought it was young and the feathers were still forming. No, not the case.

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Aging Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

Now that I have been close and photographed him several times it’s clear this bird is aging. However, considering the environment that’s a good thing.

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Aging Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge
Aging Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Aging Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

This means the heron is smart and a good hunter. Having experienced the mortality rate of young chicks I hope to see more of these older birds.

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