A quiet morning scene out in the marshes of the ACE Basin.
One of the last Great Egret captures in a rookery for this season.
This adult was still caring for two grown juveniles.
These young ones were flying for sure. Just easier to hang around and get fed.
It’s really green out there! The white bird stands out very clearly against it.
From an angle like this it’s hard to to see the bird is even over water. The thick Duck Weed covers everything here.
This Heron was gasping for breath while hiding in the cane.
As good a place as any. Some shade and there was certain to be food around in there.
Just short of three hours out there, this was the only wildlife. That was when I began the trip back out to the car…and air conditioning.
Out of habit I always study the marsh carefully when out walking. It’s also a good idea to pay attention to the salt marsh on the other side of this dike.
The mud is not very pretty, but you never know who you might find walking with you.
I was thankful this Great Blue made no move to exit. These were grabbed as we escaped from the onslaught of starving mosquitoes. No time for any setup.
A few moments later I found why he was focused on something else. I noticed some big raptor sized bird moving through a pine stand on the waters edge.
While these are huge animals some of the raptors here are super sized too. A large hungry Eagle have been known to take a chance with them.
Spoonbill are one of the most photogenic birds. When they sit and just watch us their colors, and of course the unique bill, still make great photographs. There’s no need for them to be doing anything at all.
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No large groups this July, which is prime time for Spoonbill.
These two have been staying around the same general location though. There’s always a chance for a few images of them.
One of several birds photographed in a short period of time. The marsh light, and the dull background made for some interesting images.
Black-crowned Night Heron, ACE Basin, South Carolina.