Tag Archives: Nature

Oh Look, An Eagle

Calm, matter of fact, like almost an after thought. So much so I almost didn’t pay attention.

Bald Eagle South Carolina - Click To Enlarge
Bald Eagle South Carolina – Click To Enlarge

Now, this was said by a woman carrying a Canon 7D2, 400mm lens, and a pack of camera equipment. I probably looked up out of habit. There really was an eagle over my head.

Bald Eagle South Carolina - Click To Enlarge
Bald Eagle South Carolina – Click To Enlarge

The bird was gone pretty quick. We couldn’t even get a better angle due to the thick trees. Still not all that bad. I’m glad she was calm, we might have missed this shot entirely.

 

Alligator Splashes

After hurricane Matthew we took a hike at a large marsh.  A dike runs around the marsh, through another, and separates the river from an old canal. Photographer heaven.

The storm caused damaged, but it could have been much worse. The path we took was never completely blocked. Trees were down, but we could find ways around them. The dike is probably 15 feet wide so there is room and only small trees would grow along the banks. There were also plenty of alligators taking advantage of peace and quiet. There’s no one here.

South Carolina Alligator - Click To Enlarge
South Carolina Alligator – Click To Enlarge

This section is not where anyone hikes so some of them were dug into a comfortable spot…and really didn’t want to leave.

South Carolina Alligator - Click To Enlarge
South Carolina Alligator – Click To Enlarge

What got our attention was not the ones sleeping or floating around, it was the splashes coming from just ahead of us as we walked. Any alligators lying on the dike banks jumped into the water when we got too close, before we ever saw them.

In the real world alligators want nothing to do with people. It’s not a good idea to be stupid around them, like wading out in the water, walking up to one, etc.   Keep a distance and be watchful. Be careful where you walk, because they can blend in as to be almost invisible at times.

South Carolina Alligator - Click To Enlarge
South Carolina Alligator – Click To Enlarge
South Carolina Alligator - Click To Enlarge
South Carolina Alligator – Click To Enlarge

The animal above looks like any log you might see. You could very easily stumble right over this one. However, unless you were wearing sandals, and why would out here, you’d be fine. This is a closeup of a baby I spotted.

South Carolina Alligator - Click To Enlarge
South Carolina Alligator – Click To Enlarge

This one is not.

 

Tricolored Heron

This bird was photographed in the mud flats close to the Stono River. Mud and sun usually make for some rather bad shots. Considering this muck a few were keepers.

Tricolor Heron - Click To Enlarge
Tricolor Heron – Click To Enlarge

In the above you can see how deep he sunk in. They weigh almost nothing so it was probably ‘soup’.

Tricolor Heron - Click To Enlarge
Tricolor Heron – Click To Enlarge
Tricolor Heron - Click To Enlarge
Tricolor Heron – Click To Enlarge

Still, the photos showed the bird in detail and interesting (to me) positions. Better a good study than pretty for these types of photographs.