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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.

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.

A Surprise Anhinga

His head popped up, hanging onto a nice size fish. I had no idea he was swimming nearby.

A Surprise Anhinga
A Surprise Anhinga

Unlike other diving birds Anhinga use their sharp bill like a spear.

A Surprise Anhinga
A Surprise Anhinga
A Surprise Anhinga
A Surprise Anhinga

Like all these birds the fish is head first to avoid sharp gills.

A Surprise Anhinga
A Surprise Anhinga

This time the bird has him perfectly positioned… and it was gone in a flash.

Egret, A Softer Look

A large number of Great Egret scenes came to the top of the list today. After plowing through them, finishing some, and publishing some, I moved on for a while.

This image came up in another group but ultimately came out in a softer, rather than natural, look.

Egret, A Softer Look
Egret, A Softer Look

The light seemed good for this style so I kept it.

 

Night Heron With A Surprise Guest

I was really pleased to catch this Black-crowned Night Heron in flight. He had just dropped out of the island rookery and blew right by me.

Night Heron With A Surprise Guest
Night Heron With A Surprise Guest

Later looking at the RAW image there was a happy surprise. A Dragonfly flying by also. Almost a collision course with the small Heron.

Night Heron With A Surprise Guest
Night Heron With A Surprise Guest

Above appears the Dragonfly shifted course. I’m shooting 10 shoots a second and the first two images above are one after the other.

That Dragonfly was very fast.

Night Heron With A Surprise Guest
Night Heron With A Surprise Guest

The Heron was heading out of the swamp so probably gave the whole thing no thought what so ever.

Me, I’m complete shocked I caught the bird at all.

Charleston, South Carolina.

Swamp Scene

This is one of those shots where I ask the reader to please view this large. Here is a typical scene from one of our swamps.

Swamp Scene
Swamp Scene

The center subject is a Black-crowned Night Heron flying low over the water, with nesting material.

In the Cypress Trees behind him is a Great Blue, probably a young bird from one of the nearby nests.

The water below has several Wood Ducks taking advantage of all the duck weed growing this time of year.

Note; this is great therapy for a world gone mad. Just sayin…