Tag Archives: Southeast

Marsh Cross Road

At this spot several dikes, and a dirt road, meetup. It is home to a Great Blue, he almost always is around somewhere.

Marsh Cross Road
Marsh Cross Road

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.

Marsh Cross Road
Marsh Cross Road

Something tells me this guy may get a share of the days catch once in a while.

Ignoring Each Other, Alligator And Spoonbill

I’ve seen Spoonbills bite and chase smaller Alligators, but this one was a little large for that.

Ignoring Each Other, Alligator And Spoonbill
Ignoring Each Other, Alligator And Spoonbill
Ignoring Each Other, Alligator And Spoonbill
Ignoring Each Other, Alligator And Spoonbill

A normal day in the neighborhood.

Ignoring Each Other, Alligator And Spoonbill
Ignoring Each Other, Alligator And Spoonbill

Checking A Dike, Alligator

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.

Checking A Dike, Alligator
Checking A Dike, Alligator

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.

Checking A Dike, Alligator
Checking A Dike, Alligator

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.

 

Did You Hear Something?

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.

Did You Hear Something?
Did You Hear Something?

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.

Ugh………

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Night Heron On A Trunk

He did not want to give up his spot overlooking the water spilling into the marsh.

Night Heron On A Trunk
Night Heron On A Trunk

Ellen was ahead of me here and this Black-crowned kept glancing back and forth between us.

Night Heron On A Trunk
Night Heron On A Trunk

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.

Night Heron On A Trunk
Night Heron On A Trunk
Night Heron On A Trunk
Night Heron On A Trunk

Eventually he dropped down, but in the other direction so all I caught was the standard ‘bird butt’ shot.

Night Heron On A Trunk
Night Heron On A Trunk

No complaints, these guys are shy and it’s not often I get this many opportunities.

 

Black-crowned

One of several Night Herons found this day.

It’s unusual to have Night Herons be the bird photographed the most in a day.

Black-crowned
Black-crowned

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.