I suggest you never walk at low tide (or any tide) in a mangrove swamp. The mud is alive…
It was just plain mud a moment before I took these shots.
Above, you can see the critters hiding hole.
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Tropical sale marshes have slimy critters we don’t deal with in the fresh water marshes. However, they don’t smell as bad as South Carolina pluff mud.
Little Blue Herons are found all up and down the southern coast year round. This photograph was taken in a salt marsh on the Florida coast.
Using the blue sky to my advantage.
The white Snowy against the blue background makes this image so much better.
This is a bird even wildlife photographers don’t know. Reddish Egret.
They have a very small habitat, far south coastal salt marshes. Mostly around mangrove swamps I believe. That is where we found this one, in Florida.
Climate change has made the ‘red tide’ algae move closer to shore in warm weather. It is deadly to anything that stays in the water for any amount of time.
These beautiful Egrets are trapped in the small territory they need. Their numbers are shrinking rapidly.
Reddish Egrets almost look and act like some Herons, but they have unique fishing methods…they dance to make shadows on the water to help find prey and hide sun glare.
One of the great wildlife photo series to catch is a Reddish Egret fishing. The plan is to do just that.
I thought it was just an Alligator crossing the preserve road. Gators are normal but thought I would get a shot anyway.
The size was right but when I got close… ohhh myyy.
Click for full size view, it’s worth it.