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Anhinga, A Small Fish

She had speared a small fish and climbed up on an old piling with it. Probably not a bad idea since an Alligator would be interested in her catch, or her.

Anhinga, A Small Fish
Anhinga, A Small Fish

She had the typical Anhinga problem, the fish was stuck on her beak. Unlike Cormorants, or other diving birds, Anhinga use their sharp beak as a spear to catch fish.

Anhinga, A Small Fish
Anhinga, A Small Fish
Anhinga, A Small Fish
Anhinga, A Small Fish

This time it was easy to dislodge the fish. A little twist and it was free for her to grab.

Anhinga, A Small Fish
Anhinga, A Small Fish
Anhinga, A Small Fish
Anhinga, A Small Fish

As always it’s a quick swallow to finish.

Rice Field, Charleston, South Carolina.

 

Bath Time, Wood Storks

This is the type of image that I personally like. Some landscape, interesting wildlife, and just enough going on to make me stop and take a moment to ‘look’ at the photograph.

Best viewed large.

Bath Time, Wood Storks
Bath Time, Wood Storks

The birds in the foreground are a juvenile Stork on the left, and adult on the right. Both have bathed so their feathers are a bit ‘eschew’ .

The flock behind is also bathing, several have outstretched wings drying.

With a few Egrets way back I think this is a good example of a Lowcountry marsh scene.

 

 

Juvenile Tricolored Heron, Old Ramp

He’s still trying to figure out what’s next. Just outside the image is an island rookery that had a larger than usual number of Tricolored nests.

Now we have a new, and larger, local generation of the midsized Herons wandering around this swamp.

Juvenile Tricolored Heron
Juvenile Tricolored Heron

They won’t stay much longer. In the photograph you can see how the thick vegetation has covered the water. Hunting is harder, Alligators more hidden.

When he gets hungry, or has a close call with a gator, it’s a short flight to marshes and river banks.

Working The Pluff, Green Heron

Watching a Green Heron while surrounded by the ‘Lowcountry Perfume’. Pluff mud… completely unique to our marshes.

Working The Pluff, Green Heron
Working The Pluff, Green Heron

He was knee deep in the pluff so it was a slow go.

Working The Pluff, Green Heron
Working The Pluff, Green Heron
Working The Pluff, Green Heron
Working The Pluff, Green Heron

The water and mud move with small fish and insects getting there was his problem.  Even a small Heron like this one can get stuck.

Working The Pluff, Green Heron
Working The Pluff, Green Heron

Part of the fun is to watch the dramatic flair these Herons bring to the hunt.

Charleston, South Carolina.

Slipped By, Alligator

You would think something this big could not get by you without seeing him.

Well, he did.

I had watched him circle the edge of the salt marsh looking at the opening of ‘a gator trail’ and waiting for me to leave. The larger fresh water side is where they like to be.

Slipped By, Alligator
Slipped By, Alligator

I wanted the shot of a big guy walking across the dirt road. I waited, finally walking away, but turning constantly since I knew what he was doing.

I never saw him cross… the shot above is the same Alligator on the other side. When I wasn’t looking he ran over. I missed it completely.

Sneaky.