Tag Archives: Nature

Great Egret, ACE Basin

Taken near the ‘Lodge Pond’ marsh. It’s a logical name since right on a slope here is an old hunting lodge that once belonged to a wealthy northern industrialist.

Great Egret
Great Egret

When the days of the southern plantations were finally done forever wealth business people bought huge tracts of the land. Many became hunting preserves, and ultimately conservation preserves.

 

A Days Worth Of Alligators

November 14, two weeks ago, I had one of those days where the Alligators were out getting sun, and I just grabbed random shots walking around.

We get all k nds of questions about the Alligators, a common one is how many are actually around. A good question, not sure there is anything but some official guesstimate out there.

These photos are from a single location where two large marshes are separated by a dike. Walking along the edge of the marsh I grabbed these images.

A Days Worth Of Alligators
A Days Worth Of Alligators

The first is what Ellen calls ‘a pig pile’. Even making the shot full size I’m not sure there is a way to count these. Find all the tails would be a good start. They like to ‘cuddle up’ in the sun. Notice no small locals got involved.

A Days Worth Of Alligators
A Days Worth Of Alligators

The closest gator you can see was paying attention to us. Two others were right behind him. No single Alligator shots to be had. Look close and you will also see the very end of another’s tail. The bumpy scutes (scales) are sticking above the water.

A Days Worth Of Alligators
A Days Worth Of Alligators

Piles were the order of the day. Around any given heap of gators others are hanging close by.

A Days Worth Of Alligators
A Days Worth Of Alligators

This was another photograph where I wanted to catch a single gator. However, the scutes of another’s tail is again in the way. You don’t notice these at the time you take the shot. Yet, there they are.

A Days Worth Of Alligators
A Days Worth Of Alligators

Out in the open is ‘one eye’. After a few years in this spot you recognize many by their markings, which are usually scars. This is not the only ‘one eye’ out here though. Living is not easy even for these alpha predators.

A Days Worth Of Alligators
A Days Worth Of Alligators

Here is one I almost missed, up out of the water in the glare. Pretty big, and of course parts here of two others.

A Days Worth Of Alligators
A Days Worth Of Alligators

Turning on to a second dike this was the scene just on the other side. Four on the bank and shallows.

A Days Worth Of Alligators
A Days Worth Of Alligators

The last shot here is actually ‘almost’ the same as the previous one. I just pulled back and shifted a bit to the left.

What I did was keep some of the gators from the previous shot in the frame, however by pulling back there are now two new locals on the left side.

What all this means is that on a day like this there are more than a few Alligators, just in one particular area. This swamp, dike, and water goes straight back uninterrupted for miles.

That’s why no one can ever really know how many of the locals live here.

I do do know we are really, really, outnumbered out there. LOL

Second One Eye
Second One Eye
I found another shot from November 14, and it’s the second ‘one eye’ mentioned above. Thought I would append this to the article.

Donnelley, South Carolina.

Sliding In, White Pelican

It may look a little like a crash landing but this guy was pretty accurate in the end.

Sliding In, White Pelican
Sliding In, White Pelican

Put on the brakes at the exact right moment, good thing too.

Sliding In, White Pelican
Sliding In, White Pelican
Sliding In, White Pelican
Sliding In, White Pelican
Sliding In, White Pelican
Sliding In, White Pelican

Stopped right in the middle of the lunch buffet.

White Pelicans, ACE Basin, South Carolina.

A Quick Take Off, Pelican

These big birds are not known for a fast lift off. Usually it’s like they are running / skipping on the surface for a while.

This Pelican took one hard pump of the wings and was airborne.

A Quick Take Off, Pelican
A Quick Take Off, Pelican
A Quick Take Off, Pelican
A Quick Take Off, Pelican

They are one of the heaviest birds in North America making it even more impressive.

A Quick Take Off, Pelican
A Quick Take Off, Pelican
A Quick Take Off, Pelican
A Quick Take Off, Pelican

ACE Basin, South Carolina.