I’m not an expert on Swans, or even a big fan, but it can be a nice change of pace to photograph them.
Sumter, South Carolina, has a unique park, swamp, lake area. It’s dedicated to Swans.
They have every species of Swan roaming free here. I had always assumed they had their wings clipped…until we were buzzed by a huge Australian Black Swan.
Walking through a swamp with Swans can provide photo op’s that are very different than the usual floating Swan.
The park side is known for having acres of Iris, it was too early since none were in bloom two days ago.
note; Alligators are quickly removed from the area as soon as they are seen.
The Great Blue stepped out from behind the trees at the right moment.
There is a bench placed in under a large Live Oak that looks straight down the center of this garden.
Formal gardens are OK, but I do like good bench.
I noticed something the other night. Great Egrets seem to have a more difficult time landing in a larger tree. This shot is a good example.
He was very careful to pull back and get in the perfect spot before landing. I watched several circle around multiple times before even making an attempt.
The trees are starting to fill out so that may be causing the issue. The Anhinga never miss like this.
Supports the adage ‘Great minds think alike’.
On different walks Ellen and I found the same treasure off by a back pond.
Middleton Plantation, South Carolina.
I was in a location that allowed me to catch a few series like this.
I know I should shoot one and move on.
Yet I know this is finished soon and I have another year to wait.