The Spoonbill walked through a rice field the other day doing the typical digging around for small prey.
They like to walk along while turning their beak back and forth through the shallow water. This stirs up anything that may be in front of them.
I’ve seen them go the entire length of a marsh sifting all around.
These were taken the first week in September and promptly went to the ‘black hole of photographs’. No reason I can think of since I, like most people, enjoy the big pink birds.
I think the tide was pulling the water back out to the river. This is not a place I would usually associate with Spoonbill, I always think big marshes.
For photographers who don’t want to venture out to places in the ACE Basin they can wander close to home and maybe get a few shots.
Outside Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston.
Not the fastest in flight but certainly not the slowest.
He popped up out of a marsh and came past me instead of going the logical path… the other direction.
I think I was at an odd angle here turning as he went by.
You don’t get to pick the how you would like it. Actually there are times we just skip an opportunity for one reason or another.
Of course that’s at the end of the day when the gear feels twice as heavy.
There is no perfect place to hide at night. Yet this is probably as good as it gets.
Locals have expensive taste.
Looking out, and down. The important item is looking ‘down’ from a hill.
This may be one of the highest spots around. For normal environments this means nothing.
We are the Lowcountry…. sea level.
Maps show this spot at an altitude of 75 feet. A mountain !
We do shoot higher locations though Click here to view
This is the perfect Spoonbill feeding spot. Small fish and insects must be right here. Fresh water and swampy, who could ask for more.
A Black-bellied Whistling Duck sat on the side just watching them work.
An unusual spot to find a female Anhinga.
They prefer more open water since they dive and swim underwater. It looked a little thick, and shallow.
I’m not even sure how I spotted her with all this vegetation.