A Great Blue Heron took a stroll in front a Wood Stork and small flock of American White Pelicans.
He was oblivious to the photo-bombers beyond him.
The “big gulp” has got to make some noise, but the Heron was not diverted.
Interestingly, the Wood Stork and Pelicans were feeding steadily but the dozen or so Great Blue Herons around this area weren’t showing any interest in food.
A small flock of Roseate Spoonbills took off from the rice field impoundment and headed towards a distant pond.
There didn’t seem to be any great alarm in their going and I hoped in vain they would circle back.
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
November 28, 2019
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, November 28, 2019
These fungi images were taken a few days apart in October. The first one was tucked up against a tree. The tree stood off a path where I couldn’t get closer. The color was what made me notice.
A few days later I saw a similarly colored free-standing patch of a similar fungus.
The gates of rice field trunk, which controls the flow water from the Ashley River into the pond to the left, is surrounded by a yellow and gold fall glow.
November 27, 2019
We had frost Sunday and Monday night so I was surprised to see a Gulf Fritillary out and about today.
It was warmer, but windy, and he was working hard to stay on the flowers at the top of the Lantana.
The tide was almost out and this Green Heron was looking for a snack in the shallow water along the edge of the river.
I missed the catch but captured the meal being swung about.
Then, instead of eating the fish right away the heron took it for a walk.
He kept right on walking into some reeds at the edge of the river, out of my sight.
Nature’s finest fall decorations, artfully placed.
After a couple weeks of grey weather we finally had a clear blue sky on a day that I could get out. This was the welcoming scene at the pond.
It reminded me of the Hitchcock movie “The Birds.” These crows were creating quite a racket but the Eagle was not put off.
This Barred Owl was perched way off the walking path, and about as deep into the woods as he could be and still be spotted.
There wasn’t much light and there were plenty of obstructions. But WHO can resist an owl? Not me.
November 11, 2019.