Great Blue Heron

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.

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This Heron was performing what appeared to be a cooling ritual with panting type breathing and his wings at bent angle.

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The classic pose, waiting and watching.

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Catching A Wave

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.

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On this day Pelicans, Gulls and Dolphins were all possibilities to be included in the shot. I need to go back and try again.

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Morris Island Light as viewed from Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve at the northeastern tip of Folly Island, SC.

 

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

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.

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Hardly a gnat, his catch was pretty good sized.

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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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Click photos for larger view.

 

Urban Rookery

White Point Garden, a public park at the tip of Charleston Peninsula, is home to a Night Heron Rookery.

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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.

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The parents were less visible and appeared to be sleeping while the young were out exploring, oblivious to the tourists strolling underneath.

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