Tag Archives: Fall

Great Blue Flight

This is one of my favorite subjects.

Long, lean, and elegant in flight.

Great Blue Flight
Great Blue Flight

They can be surprisingly fast, especially so if close and trying to fit them into your viewfinder.

Great Blue Flight
Great Blue Flight

This time of year it’s difficult to get these photographs. Early spring is best when they are out looking for nesting sites.

Great Blue Heron, Charleston, South Carolina.

White Ibis, Fall Colors

These photographs were taken at a marsh north of our usual haunts.

White Ibis, Fall Colors
White Ibis, Fall Colors

In the past I had always associated White Ibis with Florida. Most people still do. They actually spend time much further north.

This coastal marsh is not far from the North Carolina border.

White Ibis, Fall Colors
White Ibis, Fall Colors

Book Ends, Heron And Egret

Here a photograph I could not have have taken a few weeks ago, the fall weather has pushed down the high grasses. Now the old wooden structures can be seen. They may have been used to dry nets or as a duck blind years ago when this was still private plantation lands.

Book Ends, Heron And Egret
Book Ends, Heron And Egret

Both the Great Blue and Egret moved around on the old posts catching the first rays of morning sun.

Book Ends, Heron And Egret
Book Ends, Heron And Egret

In a few weeks all these reeds and grasses will become a dull brown, but for now everything is golden.

Book Ends, Heron And Egret
Book Ends, Heron And Egret

These were some of the last photographs of the year in these marshes. Rangers close the dike roads, tens of thousands of acres, each winter to protect the habitat and migrating birds.

Bear Island WMA, South Carolina.

Cormorant Season

Technically that may or may not be true.

I tend to see many more Double-crested Cormorant in the fall and winter. I think some move a little inland to the marshes.

Cormorant Season
Cormorant Season

And of course it’s always nice to have a little ‘pink’ in a photograph.

Double-crested Cormorant, Roseate Spoonbill, ACE Basin, South Carolina.