Tag Archives: South Carolina

Working Late (2)

The Heron had collected moss but now the sun had dropped and the bird was flying almost into the sunlight. (Photographs best viewed large)

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Since I was close when the bird first landed to gather moss I was able to pan with him as he took flight.

Working Late (2)
Working Late (2)

At the time I didn’t realize how good the light was. I thought there was a chance the last shots would be blown out with the bird directly in the setting sun.

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Working Late (2)
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This was the last trip for materials. The female suddenly left the male in charge and went to hunt.

Charleston, South Carolina.

 

Working Late (1)

Sun was setting but this Great Blue was working hard at gathering nesting materials.

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Working Late (1)

The fact that I was there was not an issue. The big soft Spanish Moss was more important.

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He had made several trips for this treasure and light was fading fast.

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Working Late (1)

 

Phoebe On A Knee

Cypress trees have roots that grow straight up above the ground, called a ‘knee’.  Trap might be a better name since you cannot avoid tripping on them.

Phoebe On A Knee
Phoebe On A Knee

Eastern Phoebes use them as perches to look over the waters surface for small insects. Swamps have Cypress Knees, insects, so of course Phoebes love to be here.

Phoebe On A Knee
Phoebe On A Knee

When you spot a Phoebe it’s best to focus the camera on the Knee. The bird will almost always return to the perch after each dive for an insect.

 

Ibis Settling In

A new routine for the end of day, Ibis flocking.

Ibis Settling In
Ibis Settling In

Just before dark they have started to arrive, in a Cypress tree that has always been a Heron roost. Maybe not this year though.

Ibis Settling In
Ibis Settling In

It might be hard for a Heron to get comfortable after 10-15 of these guys swoop in all around you. They like to mumble to each other, a lot.