Tag Archives: wildlife

Great Blue, Flight

Haven’t done many Great Blues in flight from a swamp lately.

Great Blue, Flight
Great Blue, Flight

I complete forgot how much fun this type of shot is. Now I need to get into the ‘To Do’ pile. Every spring we get hundreds of these and ultimately need to ignore many of them.

Please bare with me if I throw up a bunch of the Heron shots we skipped.

In The Muck, Alligator

Two quick shots of locals just off the trail.

In The Muck, Alligator
In The Muck, Alligator

Above, I guess this one was digging in the mud on the swamps edge. Most times they push around with the side of their face. One of the few places not covered in scales are the lips. Being sensitive they can feel ‘things’ in mud.

In The Muck, Alligator
In The Muck, Alligator

The next is a typical ‘floating head’. Again just a few feet off the bank.

These are the kinds of photos I can’t pass up. The critter is sitting right there, and after all… it’s an Alligator.

He Who Hesitates …

And there was the prize just under the surface. The Green Heron stalked it slow and careful.

He Who Hesitates ...
He Who Hesitates …
He Who Hesitates ...
He Who Hesitates …

It wasn’t small either. But it was not clear exactly what it was.

He Who Hesitates ...
He Who Hesitates …
He Who Hesitates ...
He Who Hesitates …

Green Herons are one of the smarter wading birds and caution is good the the mud out there.

He Who Hesitates ...
He Who Hesitates …

However, maybe he waited too long. Because it was suddenly gone.

Low tide outside Charleston.

Tricolored Heron, Juvenile

These were taken in some scrub trees at the start of a marsh trail.

Tricolored Heron, Juvenile
Tricolored Heron, Juvenile

Several juveniles were flying around and were reluctant to move too far.

Tricolored Heron, Juvenile
Tricolored Heron, Juvenile
Tricolored Heron, Juvenile
Tricolored Heron, Juvenile

This is the same location that I had previously thought might be a small rookery for Tricolors.

Tricolored Heron, Juvenile
Tricolored Heron, Juvenile

Bear Island, South Carolina.

Watching, But Still Fishing, Spoonbill

I didn’t notice the birds eyes until I viewed the days photographs.

Watching, But Still Fishing, Spoonbill
Watching, But Still Fishing, Spoonbill

This Spoonbill was moving, and feeding, as they do but maybe a bit closer than he would have liked.

Watching, But Still Fishing, Spoonbill
Watching, But Still Fishing, Spoonbill

Maybe he didn’t notice us when he walked over.

Watching, But Still Fishing, Spoonbill
Watching, But Still Fishing, Spoonbill

Whatever it was he was not going to stop fishing just for us. But he never stopped watching either.

 

 

Green Heron

An unexpected hiding Place. Green Heron usually make a straight shot to distant marsh grasses when looking to hide.

Green Heron
Green Heron

Several small Herons all went into this thick tree.

Green Heron
Green Heron

It worked. I had to wait for them to settle down and move around again. I hope they don’t make a habit of this, it’s much easier to find them in the grasses.