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Floating Along, Pelican

A bird that everyone loves, a Pelican. The Brown Pelicans are the ones we have the most of. They nest on sand bars and unfortunately around here the bars change on a yearly basis. Each new storm rearranges the shape of the coast.

This photograph is of an adult in water almost shallow enough for him to stand.

Floating Along, Pelican
Floating Along, Pelican

Charleston Harbor, Charleston, South Carolina.

A Barred Owl

The other day while out we bumped into a few photographer friends who also needed to get moving. Weather has been steadily getting colder and us of the southern climes tend to hide a little now. Freah air was needed.

It turned into a small 6 person tour of the wood/swamp. Not a single one of us trying to be quiet.

This owl didn’t seem to care.

A Barred Owl
A Barred Owl

I think he was hoping we would walk by and leave him in peace, and we almost did since only one of us was paying any attention.

A Barred Owl
A Barred Owl

With the exception of the first image the owl was watching the ‘traveling circus’ with the big cameras. Of which I was not one at this time.

A Barred Owl
A Barred Owl

Half asleep he was paying attention to the others, I had just fell behind and moved a bit into the woods.

A Barred Owl
A Barred Owl

The Owl watched us all but was bored and could hardly keep his eyes open.

We all took a gazillion photographs, most all useless I guess since the light was gone quickly.

However, the Owl fell asleep and we moved on since this really wasn’t about photography at all. It was a chance meeting of friends, photographers, and lots of laughs.

At each others expense of course.

Great Blue Flight

This is one of my favorite subjects.

Long, lean, and elegant in flight.

Great Blue Flight
Great Blue Flight

They can be surprisingly fast, especially so if close and trying to fit them into your viewfinder.

Great Blue Flight
Great Blue Flight

This time of year it’s difficult to get these photographs. Early spring is best when they are out looking for nesting sites.

Great Blue Heron, Charleston, South Carolina.

Passing Pelican

When out on the other side of the Charleston peninsula I try to stop at a few spots that typically have Pelicans around.

Passing Pelican
Passing Pelican

The bird passed by while we were standing on a boat pier.

Passing Pelican
Passing Pelican

I did not have my usual long lens so I was at the mercy of the birds and how they picked up on the thermal over the water.

Passing Pelican
Passing Pelican

 

Big Local, Handsome Fella

Some days out there it’s like all the locals turn out at the same time. This was one of them. He was much too large to be a female, hence the title here.

Nobody really knows how many Alligator are around the Lowcountry, but I have heard over 110,000. Not sure where the number came from, it stuck in my head as a lot, but considering the marsh sizes and what we see that may be low.

Big Local, Alligator
Big Local, Alligator

White Ibis, Fall Colors

These photographs were taken at a marsh north of our usual haunts.

White Ibis, Fall Colors
White Ibis, Fall Colors

In the past I had always associated White Ibis with Florida. Most people still do. They actually spend time much further north.

This coastal marsh is not far from the North Carolina border.

White Ibis, Fall Colors
White Ibis, Fall Colors

Knee Deep Tricolor

For some reason he did not fly off. Just the opposite, he plodded right through the marsh. Tricolored Herons, when adult, have ‘ruby red’ eyes. They are amazing.

I judge a Tricolored photograph by how vivid the eye colors, and neck feathers are. A young bird has a less colorful eye, but more distinct shading on their neck.

Knee Deep Tricolor
Knee Deep Tricolor

I’m certainly OK with this shot.