He just came flying in to the swamp bank, never noticed me at all.
I tried to get a shot before the one above. One of the bird flying to me. He was too close to focus. Even this one I had to step backwards, which is when he realized I was standing next to him.
He was on a mission so chose to (almost) ignore me.
It’s nest building time and I was standing in a pile of nice soft Spanish Moss…that he wanted.
Taken on a day a marsh had a low water level. Pelicans will gather for a push right through the marsh. It’s like the early bird blue plate special for them.
This series was taken in the morning when the flocks flew around between the open marshes.
ACE Basin, South Carolina.
Each night flocks of White Ibis arrive in this swamp to spend the night.
As luck would have it they picked a nearby Bald Cypress tree this evening.
Another oddly difficult bird for me to photo now, female Mallard.
I need to think of them as ‘city ducks’ so I remember where to find them.
I think these are a much cleaner landing series than the last few published. The Spoonbill here decided to not land in the middle of the flock.
This shows off his fancy foot work.
Above one of the others could almost be laughing at him.
It was pretty a pretty smooth touch down though.
Roseate Spoonbill, ACE Basin, South Carolina.
Eating habits are cultural, and of course what you eat. Some places forks are used, others long slim wooden implements.
Here spoons are the choice.
Typically it’s grab as much as you can.
Spit out whatever you don’t want.
Quickly dip for seconds (before someone else does).
Another ‘you can’t make this stuff up’ moment.
He found a nest site, maybe even last years.
Now he will sit and wait for his female to come back.
Swamp Rookery, Charleston, South Carolina.
I’ve mentioned and photographed this exact spot a lot.
The best fishing spot in a 18,000 acre marsh.
This time it was a Great Egret.
Same day, a little earlier…
Black-crowned Night Heron.
Also a pair of Bald Eagles usually hide up in large pines just off to the left here.