All posts by Ellen Jennings

Striped Wing Dragonfly

The combination of the sun light and the distance from the perches to the background shows off this dragonfly’s striped wings quite nicely.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

I don’t remember seeing this type of dragonfly before; but recognize the “return to the same spot” behavior I’ve seen in others.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

He left and re-lit on this grain stalk multiple times while I watched.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

5/19/2019 Mepkin Abbey

Little Blue Heron

It’s nice to have a breeze around the pond but sometimes it blows low hanging branches into your shot. I still liked the pose and colors of this Little Blue Heron.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

I was able to move a few steps for a different angle, however the bird was on the move.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

He paused for a quick look around.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

See ya later!

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

Barred Owl in Bamboo

This stand of Bamboo is drooping over a small pond making a perch for a Barred Owl to watch the water for food. After much waiting he dropped down and snatched a crayfish, action I did not capture.

Barred Owl in Bamboo
Barred Owl in Bamboo – click image for larger view

When there is a little breeze these hollow Bamboo stalks make pleasing percussion sounds, and occasionally cause a concentrating photographer jump.

Cattle Egret in Breeding Plumage

I  frequently see Cattle Egrets in my local travels at some small farms with cattle, horses and goats. This is the first time I’ve seen one up close at any of the swamp / marsh areas in South Carolina.

Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors
Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors

Slightly smaller than a Little Blue Heron, I wasn’t surprised when he disappeared from my sight in the tall vegetation. After poking around a bit he stuck his head up for a look.

Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors
Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors

He moved to some shorter vegetation along the edge of the pond and I was able to get to a better angle.

Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors
Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors

Finally he stood fully upright showing off his golden head, neck and chest feathers.

Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors
Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors

Harmless Snake

I know, it is still a snake. I’ve never been a fan, but am becoming more accustomed to them. I spotted this one at Beidler Forest working his way along a rotting log.

Snake
Snake

I don’t study the educational signs with the ID info about snakes, but do know that the round eyes and round head are signs this one is harmless.

Snake
Snake

The snake slowly checked out the crevices in the log and showed no interest in me watching him

Snake
Snake

Plus, I was on a boardwalk at least ten feet away.

Snake
Snake

Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly

The Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly is a stunning insect. I’ve taken poor photographs of them each of the last three years at Beidler Forest and finally this year captured one at eye level and another in a spot of sun.

Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly
Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly

Access to this area is only from a boardwalk so there is not much you can do to change your angle.

Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly
Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly – wings closed

The second one stayed put on this leaf, opening and closing his wings for a few seconds, creating a nice shadow on the leaf.

Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly
Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly – wings open

Squirrel Gathering Building Material

While waiting for the Prothonotary Warbler on Knee to emerge from its nest cavity I heard an odd scraping noise. This squirrel was peeling bark off a tree.

Squirrel
Squirrel with Tree Bark

He kept pulling and stuffing it in his mouth. The strands seemed very pliable, good material to welcome baby squirrels.

Squirrel
Squirrel

Hey, I’m beeing watched!

Squirrel
Squirrel

Then he balled it all up in his mouth and scooted around the other side of the tree where I lost sight of him.

Squirrel
Squirrel