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Full Wing Span, Great Blue Heron

When a Great Blue lands the size of their wingspan is on display. At 6 1/2 feet (1.98cm) , it looks enormous. It’s really impressive.

Full Wing Span, Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Full Wing Span, Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge
Full Wing Span, Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Full Wing Span, Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

If they fly by close you can hear them coming.

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Matte Finish Tricolored Heron

I don’t like a Matte finish, on the image itself or print paper. That said, this started out as a mistake.

Matte Finish Tricolored Heron - Click To Enlarge
Matte Finish Tricolored Heron – Click To Enlarge

The coloring of the bird made me change my mind, at least for this set.

Matte Finish Tricolored Heron - Click To Enlarge
Matte Finish Tricolored Heron – Click To Enlarge

By default you lose clarity and sharpness. I don’t see myself changing my opinion.

Watching A Great Blue Heron

These photographs were taken on a very bright day, too bright really. However, one thing about shooting wildlife is you have no control over most things.

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Watching A Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge
Watching A Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Watching A Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

The Herons have been staying along the marsh that runs alongside the Ashley River. Getting to the back here is about 1 1/2 miles. A hike but there is usually something to see.

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Watching A Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge
Watching A Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Watching A Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

This day there were multiple Herons so it was well worth the walk.

Met During A Walk, Alligators

I see them all the time, I grab a photograph all the time. Some are dramatic, others not so much. No matter, it’s an Alligator !

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Met During A Walk, Alligators – Click To Enlarge

This one moves back and forth between an old pond and the river. He has a little trail and tries to sneak by. It probably worked a few years ago.

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Met During A Walk, Alligators – Click To Enlarge

The standard shot, big guy sprawled out warming up.

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Met During A Walk, Alligators – Click To Enlarge

Maybe a 3 year old. This one is still small enough to hide on trail / path sides and not be noticed. His head is up and feet planted firmly, ready to jump in the water if there’s a danger.

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Met During A Walk, Alligators – Click To Enlarge

And last, the big one lurking. When they get close to the bank, with the algae and branches it’s easy to walk right by. No matter how close.

There should be about 3 more months of activity before they find places to hide from colder weather. They don’t hibernate but do sleep (who knows where) for long periods.

Barred Owl, Watching Us Go By

This one we spotted at the last minute. I know we missed several others because we could hear them. The trees and growth is very tight here.

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Barred Owl – Click To Enlarge

Beidler Forest sits in the Four Holes Swamp a 45,000-acre matrix of black water sloughs and lakes, shallow bottomland hardwoods, and deep bald cypress.

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Barred Owl – Click To Enlarge

Even after we found him he just looked down and kept track of us from the same perch.

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Barred Owl – Click To Enlarge

We never did see any others, but by their calls they had seen us.

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City Bird, Red-tailed Hawk

This Hawk was flying around and between the grave markers in the Circular Church, downtown Charleston. He actually had to make a slight change of course so he didn’t run us over.

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City Bird, Red-tailed Hawk – Click To Enlarge

Unlike most people in town, we decided to follow him. I guess it wasn’t the first time since he had landed on the roof and watched us running around down below.

Great Blue On Floating Reeds

The marshes look to be large expanses of grasses and reeds. They are, but not as they appear. Many areas are floating, the large plants have no roots to the bottom.

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Great Blue On Floating Reeds – Click To Enlarge

Pluff mud, very soft (and ‘aromatic’) makes up the marsh floor. Above, a small section broke loose and this Heron rode it around the canal.