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Catching Fish, Alligator

While I was photographing the Alligators feeding most of their catch were tiny fish. There were some crabs and larger fish and these I tried to shoot. I was not always successful unfortunately.

However this Alligator came up from under the open dike with a nice catch.

Catching Fish, Alligator - click to enlarge
Catching Fish, Alligator – click to enlarge

Because this was a large Alligator the others that were close did not make any attempts at stealing the fish. The mid-sized Alligators took whatever they caught and left the area fast. No meal time etiquette here.

Catching Fish, Alligator - click to enlarge
Catching Fish, Alligator – click to enlarge

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Gibbes Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery

This mausoleum, the Gibbes family,  has an unusual earthen roof. James Shoolbred Gibbes is buried here. He died in 1888 but other family members lie here also.

Gibbes Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery - click to enlarge
Gibbes Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery – click to enlarge

Before his death he had the angel statues carved in Italy.  The plans for this building are in the US Library Of Congress and it is registered with the National Historic Registry.

Gibbes Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery - click to enlarge
Gibbes Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery – click to enlarge

James Shoolbred Gibbes, donated $100,000 to the Carolina Arts Association upon his death in 1888 for the “erection of a suitable building for the exhibitions of paintings.”  The donation was the start of the well known Gibbes Art Museum in Charleston, South Carolina.

Gibbes Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery - click to enlarge
Gibbes Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery – click to enlarge

On The Reeds, Tricolored Heron

The reeds made a nice pile up off the water. I guess this kept his feet dry and he was up high enough to feel safe.

On The Reeds, Tricolored Heron - click to enlarge
On The Reeds, Tricolored Heron – click to enlarge

You could still see plenty of the rusty juvenile coloring, but underneath the adult gray feathers were coming through. I have never been able to find out how long the juvenile coloring is kept.

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Maybe It Didn’t Taste Good, Egret

What it was this Egret seemed to spit it out very quickly and shake her head around. Water was flying everywhere.

Maybe It Didn’t Taste Good - click to enlarge
Maybe It Didn’t Taste Good – click to enlarge

I can’t imagine what it might have been, they will eat most anything.

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White Pelican Up Close

Around here the White Pelicans are 100% wild and really avoid getting close to people. This area is part of their migration route.

Typically large flocks stay out in the far marshes where we cannot get close at all. A long lens is no help if there is no road and dry land.

White Pelican Up Close - click to enlarge
White Pelican Up Close – click to enlarge

A few large groups have gone to rest in the old rice fields that we can reach. Most of them still pretty far away, but not always.

This may be the closest photograph I have had. Enlarged you can see drops of water on his feet and under belly feathers.

There are many Eagles where they picked to stay, but they are too big for them unless hurt. Alligators, well the big ones could be a problem.

Coming In, It’s A Miss, Bald Eagle

You can’t win them all.

Coming In, It's A Miss, Bald Eagle - click to enlarge
Coming In, It’s A Miss, Bald Eagle – click to enlarge

He had perfect form at the start.

Coming In, It's A Miss, Bald Eagle - click to enlarge
Coming In, It’s A Miss, Bald Eagle – click to enlarge

Something went wrong right about here.

Coming In, It's A Miss, Bald Eagle - click to enlarge
Coming In, It’s A Miss, Bald Eagle – click to enlarge

Then it was an abort.

Coming In, It's A Miss, Bald Eagle - click to enlarge
Coming In, It’s A Miss, Bald Eagle – click to enlarge

Probably a good thing he didn’t go too low. Look, there’s a big Alligator behind him.

White Ibis A Quick Exit

You could hear them long before seeing anything. The reeds were much taller than me.

White Ibis A Quick Exit - click to enlarge
White Ibis A Quick Exit – click to enlarge

Even with a thicket between us the birds were uncomfortable. As soon as the first took off…bedlam.

White Ibis A Quick Exit - click to enlarge
White Ibis A Quick Exit – click to enlarge

Clouds helped here, otherwise the white birds would have been lost in the sky.