Many minutes of waiting in two spots finally resulted in one usable image of this cutie. He didn’t hold still long even when he was plucking berries off this tree.
Taken on the West Ashley Greenway, Charleston, SC.
Harsh photos with silvery water and mud background at low tide with most of the water drained out of the marshland around the Stono River.
These photos were taken from an old railroad bed turned to rail trail with limited options to change my angle.
The wading birds pursued fish in the narrowing stream, seemingly oblivious to the mud.
A common Anole hanging out with the flowers on this early fall day. He twisted up and down stopping in yoga-like poses.
The flowers remind me of a wild aster, but different than those in New England. The bank of the canals running through the old rice fields at Caw Caw County Park are lined with them.
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A number of Great Blue Herons posed in and out of the old rice fields adjacent to the Ashley River last week. The reeds, weeds and bushes along the edge are starting to show that end of summer droop and a hint of color changes.
This Heron was performing what appeared to be a cooling ritual with panting type breathing and his wings at bent angle.
The classic pose, waiting and watching.
This small jetty helped create the splash and served as a seat while waiting for just the right combination of waves and wildlife to come into view.
On this day Pelicans, Gulls and Dolphins were all possibilities to be included in the shot. I need to go back and try again.
Morris Island Light as viewed from Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve at the northeastern tip of Folly Island, SC.
These Wood Ducks swam away from shore, circling around each other in no great hurry, but all the while getting further from me.
And always an eye towards shore.
The duck weed was making interesting patterns in the barely moving water at the edge of the former rice fields.
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This little fellow caught my attention as he flitted in a small tree at the edge of a swamp on the Ashley River at Magnolia Plantation.
Hardly a gnat, his catch was pretty good sized.
The coloring made me think he was a Tufted TItmouse, but in profile I could see he was tuftless and he did have more of a “jaunty” tail, as described by Cornell’s All About Birds.
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White Point Garden, a public park at the tip of Charleston Peninsula, is home to a Night Heron Rookery.
In mid-August the young were on their own, investigating the ground and the limbs of the massive Live Oaks that provide a dappled shade throughout the park.
The parents were less visible and appeared to be sleeping while the young were out exploring, oblivious to the tourists strolling underneath.