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Almost Everybody Was Here, Marsh Birds

Two fun shots trying to capture as many different birds as possible. Shot too far, too wide, but a big collection. And of course a few Alligators way in the back. The list I found is below.

Almost Everybody Was Here, Marsh Birds
Almost Everybody Was Here, Marsh Birds
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Yellow-legs
  • Tricolored Heron
  • Gallinule
  • Grackles
Almost Everybody Was Here, Marsh Birds
Almost Everybody Was Here, Marsh Birds

The second shot was taken as I walked a little closer. Here there are four different bird species.

Tiny But Mighty, Screech Owl

This is a Rufous (brown) morph Eastern Screech Owl. There is also a grey morph but he hasn’t shown up yet. Males claim the holes, the female will inspect it and might move in.

They are small and agile, and about 7 to 10 inches tall and have a wingspan around 18 to 24 inches. We knew he was around but some friends we travel with pointed him out yesterday. This bird is invisible. These shots were as close as we would go, they live here, we just visit.

Tiny But Mighty, Screech Owl
Tiny But Mighty, Screech Owl
Tiny But Mighty, Screech Owl
Tiny But Mighty, Screech Owl

He did what all Screech Owls do, opened one eye to check us out. I have never seen a Screech Owl do anything other than that.

Tiny But Mighty, Screech Owl
Tiny But Mighty, Screech Owl

ACE Basin has four types of owls;

  • Screech Owl
  • Barred Owl
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Barn Owl

 

Soggy Morning, Santee Delta

Santee Delta is the largest in the eastern US. There are 6 rivers that ultimately flow through the marsh/swamps here. The delta itself is 450 miles long beginning in North Carolina. Most of the rivers ultimately empty directly into the Atlantic Ocean or through the creeks and bays of the South Carolina coast.

The delta can be rough and rural, but filled with history and incredible numbers of wildlife. In just 3 hours last week we encountered 16 Bald Eagles.

Soggy Morning, Santee Delta
Soggy Morning, Santee Delta

Rice plantations were once spread throughout the region. Creeks and small rivers like in these images were the only method of transportation.

Soggy Morning, Santee Delta
Soggy Morning, Santee Delta

These photographs were taken on the bank of a creek behind an old plantation. I’m not sure they are great viewing on a site like this, but I wanted to show an actual deep marsh scene few people will ever see. Maybe that’s best considering the flying insects bite and are more numerous and larger than you could believe. 😁

Spoonbill, Snowy, And An Old Ramp

An old wooden structure out in a marsh has been a wading bird favorite spot for a long time. I’m not sure what it was. Maybe an old duck blind, or a fishing net rack, just hard to tell at this point. Even with a boat you couldn’t get close so it will stay a mystery.

Spoonbill, Snowy, And An Old Ramp
Spoonbill, Snowy, And An Old Ramp

Here a Snowy Egret and Roseate Spoonbill shared what little is left.

Spoonbill, Snowy, And An Old Ramp
Spoonbill, Snowy, And An Old Ramp

There are not many choices for high dry perches in a marsh. And a Snowy doesn’t like to share. Exceptions need to made at times though. This was one of them.

Spoonbill, Snowy, And An Old Ramp
Spoonbill, Snowy, And An Old Ramp

Donnelley, ACE Basin, South Carolina.

 

Cold Marsh Morning, Egret

The same morning I photographed the Great Blue Heron in a dark cold corner, I spotted this Egret on the exact opposite side of the dike wall.

This bird was a little more awake. He was searching the waters surface for signs of a snack. I moved on before he found anything though.

Cold Marsh Morning, Egret
Cold Marsh Morning, Egret
Cold Marsh Morning, Egret
Cold Marsh Morning, Egret

Mosquito Creek White Pelicans

Based on a map I’m assuming this flock was along Mosquito Creek, in the Yawke Wildlife Area, South Carolina.

Mosquito Creek White Pelicans
Mosquito Creek White Pelicans

The creek name was fairly accurate too. I rarely wear a protective face/neck gaiter. This time I was glad to have one in my pack.

American White Pelicans.