A Willet preening at the surf’s edge.
This tidal pond was fairly still, with a group of Snowy and Great Egrets having a feeding frenzy in the left corner as the water ebbed.
This pair of Snowy Egrets flew in to see what was happening, creating some interesting reflections. A few ripples in the water made doubles of part of the closer bird in this next image.
In this one I like how the closer bird is connected to the further bird’s reflection.
The ripple had a different effect here, making an S curve out of the closer leg reflection.
As the pair came closer to shore and started their landings some bushes ended by view.
Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
January 1, 2020
I’ve spotted White Ibis all around the swamp recently, including taking a turn in the Skinny Tree while the Great Blue Heron was away.
Ibis feed by probing with their long bill and this one is surprisingly clean for standing in the duck weed.
Several of them landed in a pine tree over the trail, unconcerned about observers.
Although this one had a bit to say.
Narcissus of various types bloom in late December and into January in the South Carolina low country.
I spotted several bunches of these petite yellow ones on a recent walk around Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.
They were in random spots with no other live vegetation around them which led me to a low key treatment.
This petite yellow wildflower stalk caught my eye, too.
These empty chairs would bear witness to the sunset, their owners nowhere to be seen.
Sit a spell and watch
The show is about to start
Sun waits for no one
These cheery Gerber Daisy blossoms reached for the sun on a cold January day.
I liked the color gradient of this one.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston
January 9. 2020
I had no idea what this was when I first spotted movement on the edge of an oyster bed. I had ducks on my mind as I’d seen them here before.
Those sharp oyster shells seem like a hazardous place for a Mink to hang out but he seemed at home here.
He came fully out of the water moving to the right, I changed position to see where he went. He did a u-turn and disappeared into the water. A short but interesting encounter.
The sun was going down and this Great Egret only had a few more minutes of daylight to catch his last meal of the day.
He had success …
… then took his catch for a walk.
Imagine the Anhinga piloting a flying ship full of Yellow-bellied Sliders….
The boat and bird seemed suspended in time, barely moving.
Neither was going to reach its destination before the sun went down.
Sanibel Island, FL
January 2, 2020