Alligators Do Like to Pose

Everybody had a spot, at least for a minute. The younger Alligators shift around more than the big adults, maybe because they are used to getting pushed off the platform by their elders. Or a big turtle.

Alligators
Alligators and a Turtle head – click photo for larger view

At the other end of the pond I found another pair posing, being watched by a third in the water.

Alligators
Alligators – click photo for larger view

This is the first group seen from the side, with a yet another Alligator climbing on the ramp for a spot in the sun. The duck weed was clinging to them all.

Alligators
Alligators and Turtle – click photo for larger view

Study of a Rose

The world is full of roses: gardens, paintings, songs, poems…the list is endless.

Red Rose
Red Rose

This rose was a gift from Gerald’s, the tire place.

Red Rose
Red Rose

Gerald’s is a  business that is all about customer service, including this token of their appreciation, left on the seat of your car. Add marketing to the rose’s achievement list.

Red Rose
Red Rose

Wood Ducks in the Duck Weed

With very few ducks around to consume the Duck Weed it is covering a larger portion of Ravenswood Pond than a month ago. It gets moved around by the wind and concentrates at the edges where you can get the closest photographs of the Wood Ducks. On the plus side there is less glare.

Female Wood Duck
Female Wood Duck standing on submerged log – click photo for larger view

The female Wood Duck was taking a break from her chicks. They were sticking together and wasted no time moving away from perceived danger. Based on the ducklings size this could be the group that a few weeks ago numbered around a dozen, now down to five.

Wood Duck Ducklings
Wood Duck Ducklings – click photo for larger view

One male was at the other end of the pond where the duck weed pattern is different with large gaps out in the middle of the pond for a nice reflection. The water is deeper here–the larger alligators can swim without sticking out of the water.

Male Wood Duck
Male Wood Duck and reflection – click photo for larger view

Only Child Keeping Busy

What do you do in the nest all by yourself, hour after hour, waiting for the folks to bring a meal?

Pace back and forth.

Great Blue Heron Chick
Great Blue Heron Chick – click photo for larger view

Check out the corners of the nest.

Great Blue Heron Chick
Great Blue Heron Chick

Try out some new poses.

Great Blue Heron Chick
Great Blue Heron Chick – click photo for larger view

Test your vocal capacity.

Great Blue Heron Chick
Great Blue Heron Chick – click photo for larger view

Personal grooming.

Great Blue Heron Chick
Great Blue Heron Chick

I have not seen this chick leave the nest although I’m sure he could. He hatched about the same time as some others that have learned to use their wings.

June 2, 2017

Dragonflies

Growing up I was terrified of these creatures that we called darning needles. Stories were passed from kid to kid about your lips getting sewn shut. Swearing might have been required to invoke the sewing activity but I never saw any kid so inflicted.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly on stump – click photo for larger view

Now I know that the dragonflies eat bugs so I’m happy to have them around. The ones we see in South Carolina are much prettier than the ones I remember in Maine, but that may be a trick of time.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly on stick- click photo for larger view

Sometimes they land right on the duck weed but more often take advantage of the other pond plants.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly perched over duck weed – click photo for larger view

Pileated Woodpecker

The Pileated Woodpecker is elusive, mostly traveling high in the tree tops resulting in partially obscured and too distant photographs. This one entertained me close up for about ten minutes.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker – click photo for larger view

I was afraid I would scare him off if I moved to get better shots so I took what I could from where I first spotted him.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker – click photo for larger view

After he flew off into the tree tops I waited, listening to him work on the trees. I was hoping he would repeat his path as birds sometimes do, but it wasn’t to be.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker – click photo for larger view

Edited 12/24/2017 to correct spelling of Pileated Woodpecker.

Common Yellowthroat

This warbler was busy collecting little worms from the undersides of leaves and kept darting out of a clear view.

Common Yellowthroat
Common Yellowthroat – click photo for larger view

I didn’t know what it was, but the yellow chest was quite pretty when he did pop into the sun, so I kept trying to get a shot.

Common Yellowthroat
Common Yellowthroat – click photo for larger view

All About Birds used the words “furtive” and “skulking” to describe the Common Yellowthroat’s behavior. I was fortunate to get a few shots with him in place.

Common Yellowthroat
Common Yellowthroat – click photo for larger view

Trumpeter Swan

This Trumpeter Swan made a good photography subject as he slowly paddled between the Cypress trees.

Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan – click photo for larger view

The reflections from these massive trees made up for the lack of light making it through to the water.

Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan- click photo for larger view

Blowing bubbles next to shore entertained him for awhile. Perhaps this action stirs up some food along with the mud that gave him a dirty ring around the water line.

Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan- click photo for larger view