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A Fishing Circle, Pelican

There are two schools of thought on photographing wildlife. Sit and wait in a good spot, or move around between locations.

Most times I’m a mover.

A Fishing Circle, Pelican
A Fishing Circle, Pelican

This particular morning I changed my methods and pretty much parked myself in the same place. The sun and birds were moving around so I kept near a few holes in the tall grass.

A Fishing Circle, Pelican
A Fishing Circle, Pelican

It worked out OK. In this series a few White Pelican moved in a large circle, passing by me several times. By not moving I didn’t make them uncomfortable with me being there.

A Fishing Circle, Pelican
A Fishing Circle, Pelican

Of course I did give in later and moved around the area. The move worked out since Storks were dropping in near another open marsh.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

You Can Never Sneak By An Owl

I don’t think I have ever surprised an Owl.

In fact I have been ‘sneaking up’ to photograph one only to find the Owls mate is almost on my shoulder watching me from behind. There was no sneaking going on.

You Can Never Sneak By An Owl
You Can Never Sneak By An Owl

This Barred Owl sat and watched us moving below to get a clear shot. A few minutes later I discovered there was a second, maybe a meter to this ones right side.

Once again watching silly human tricks.

Along The Edge

Three photographs taken along the bottom of a dike.

Along The Edge
Along The Edge

Above a Great Egret hunts on the grass line. The upper area of the image displays the top of the dike, about 12 feet high (3.5m), with a trail. As you can see most anything below the trail is hidden from view.

Along The Edge
Along The Edge

And here is a typical item hidden from view above. Usually you can walk along completely unaware the Alligator is that close. If you scare the Alligator, they propel themselves out into the water. Which in turn scares you. Nothing quite like hearing a huge ‘belly-flop’ coming out of nowhere.

Alligator do climb up and over the dikes moving between marshes, there are regular dirt trails. They tend to peek over the top before making their move. I have periodically seen a big head, but they slide right back down and wait until the trails are clear.

Along The Edge
Along The Edge

Last is a Great Blue Heron. Even with the grass thin here they blend in so well as to be easily missed.

All the photographs above were shot from a parallel dike trail. Which means as I was taking these I had no clue what was down below me on my side.

Close And Fast, Spoonbill

The marshes have a trick they play on you. Just out of your view, hidden by the tall grass, the best shot of the day is heading full speed right for you.

And you never know until the last second.

Close And Fast, Spoonbill
Close And Fast, Spoonbill

With luck you get a chance for a quick burst of shots.

Roseate Spoonbill, ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Night Heron, Juvenile

These were taken not far from the marsh that had all the young Night Herons around the Alligators.

I guess they have kept out of reach.

Night Heron, Juvenile
Night Heron, Juvenile

Ellen spotted him and we both took a few minutes getting some photographs.

Night Heron, Juvenile
Night Heron, Juvenile

This one is just getting old enough that you can see the start of the ruby red eyes he will get as an adult.