At this spot several dikes, and a dirt road, meetup. It is home to a Great Blue, he almost always is around somewhere.
If you give him space he will hang around. The road ends here, it has a locked gate almost year round. However, back here a few people fish in the canals.
Something tells me this guy may get a share of the days catch once in a while.
Lucky this shot was taken early in the day. Bright sky and sun would have blown this away.
On the edge of this marsh is a stretch of woodlands. At times the larger birds sit up top and away from from everything.
I’ve seen Spoonbills bite and chase smaller Alligators, but this one was a little large for that.
A normal day in the neighborhood.
Taken the other day before we walked a marsh dike. This photograph is from the dirt road that crosses several dikes. From here I could look down the water between marshes.
It was pretty busy.
The dike is top of the image. Click on the image to enlarge and you can see around ten ‘big heads’ at the mouth of the canal.
Above was looking off to the side and we noticed three more joining the party.
There was nothing else happening here so we did walk the dike. It was hot so everyone was taking a swim.
ACE Basin, South Carolina.
Last week there were two here, and another two down the trail. Now all I find is this lone duck.
They always seem to be out in the open. A change of habit is needed if they want to live here.
I’ve mentioned before there are all kinds of ‘things’ out in swamps and marshes. For the most part the critters with teeth and claws are just fine.
The sounds of something scurrying around my feet, that’s different.
I recently took some shots in a marsh that many people liked. As I shot them, while standing on a trunk, hundreds of small crabs were moving around near my feet.
The image above was taken at the same time and place.
ACE Basin, South Carolina.
He did not want to give up his spot overlooking the water spilling into the marsh.
Ellen was ahead of me here and this Black-crowned kept glancing back and forth between us.
When water flows from the open salt marsh through this trunk/water gate fish are pushed along too. If there are no Alligators sitting on the other side it’s a quick drop to grabbed a meal.
Eventually he dropped down, but in the other direction so all I caught was the standard ‘bird butt’ shot.
No complaints, these guys are shy and it’s not often I get this many opportunities.
One of several Night Herons found this day.
It’s unusual to have Night Herons be the bird photographed the most in a day.
This wildlife area has many different environments. Pine stands border some open marshes. I didn’t know small Herons would like it. Big pines also mean large Hawks and Eagles. They like small Herons.