And as always the water level is changing in the marshes again. We have had some serious rain lately so you would think the water is deep, just the opposite.
A series of dikes and water trunks (gates) keep the wet lands flowing. These were taken a few days ago, and the trunks must have been closed.
A few hours ago (7/15/2019) some gates were open and water was moving with the tide.
These Storks can fly to tremendous heights, they find shallow water and land to take advantage of the opportunity to fish.
These are the most common duck in the Lowcountry. Everywhere else it’s the Mallard, but these vivid color ducks are plentiful around here.
One reason they are around is because they’re smart…and shy.
It’s so hard to get a nice shot. Frustrating !!!
When you see one of the ‘big guys’ sitting around like this you must stop and admire what they are.
After thousands of years they are still here, doing the same thing they always did.
It can be like watching a dinosaur, still alive.
While breeding season is over the Egrets are always around, we just don’t get as many opportunities.
When you have a bird come by like this it doesn’t matter how many you photographed recently.
Such an elegant bird in flight.
This time of year the Red-wing’s are all over the marshes. The males flaunting their vivid epilate’s.
Getting a photograph, no matter how many are around, is tricky. Besides being a black bird (no color to catch…at all) the tall grasses block them.
Half the time I can’t even tell if a thin reed is blowing around between the bird and me.
Back to basics, just take the shot.
Here, no blowing grass to ruin the view. How lucky is that.
The Pelican is extremely agile in the air, and a great swimmer.
Walking around on shore, well not so much.
Flat foot and clumsy is a better description.
From the ‘to do’ list , about a month ago.
Good thing there’s no time limit on nature photographs. I only shoot between 800 – 1000 on a busy day.
This Brown Pelican joined the group and came in with a nice, slow, landing.
And suddenly proceeded to do a ‘semi-crash’ right in front of them all.
He was close to the shore but had enough depth to get under a little.
And next bobbed up and floated around, all happy with himself.
I guess it’s a bird thing.