Category Archives: Nature

Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret, New View

…for the human visitors.

A swath of trees was removed this summer along the road leading to Lodge Pond at Donnelley WMA, opening some views into a tree line.

Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret
Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret

A Great Egret and Roseate Spoonbill were looking the place over.

Great Egret
Great Egret

The view from their perches didn’t change much, just that they could see down the entrance road if they were inclined to look.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

Drapes of Spanish Moss gave the local a nice cozy look.

Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret
Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 3, 2021

King Rail and Chick

Cornell’s Merlin App has identified this as a King Rail, a member of the Rallidae Family, along with other Rails, Gallinules, and Coots.

Both the handsome adult and the distinctive all-black chick were new to me. I watched them for ten minutes and the adult kept this posture, perhaps a cooling mechanism on a hot August day, while the chick tottered around in the grass.

King Rail and Chick
King Rail and Chick

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, Green Pond, SC
August 8, 2021

Bird Chaos at Bird Key

Hundreds of birds nested on Bird Key this summer and the land and sky were full of activity on this July day.

Bird Key Stono Heritage Preserve
Bird Key Stono Heritage Preserve

Most of the birds on land seen here are Brown Pelicans, the smaller white ones are chicks. The chicks were awkwardly walking, but not yet flying.  There were lots of Laughing Gulls that provided constant noise, and a few White Ibis mixed in.

Bird Key Stono Heritage Preserve
Bird Key Stono Heritage Preserve

On the outer edge of the island, the open Atlantic Ocean beyond, a sand bar has formed that was popular spot for preening.

Bird Key Stono Heritage Preserve
Bird Key Stono Heritage Preserve

Taken from a boat at Bird Key Stono Heritage Preserve
Between Kiawah Island and Folly Beach, SC

July 12, 2021

Alligators at Mill House Pond

After visiting the sheep one day last week I continued across Middleton Place to the Mill Pond where two Alligators were taking advantage of the afternoon sun.

Alligators at Mill House
Alligators at Mill House

The smaller one plopped down after a short walk across the berm.

Alligators at Mill House
Alligators at Mill House

I had intended to go past the Mill building, but diverted to the left on an Alligator-free route, stopping for a different view of the big fellow.

Alligators at Mill House
Alligator at Mill House Pond

Jumping Fish

Every time I’ve been to the pond where I’ve been photographing the damselflies and purple Iris this month the fish have been jumping. Of course every time I try to capture the action. Finally on April 17th I got one.

Jumping Fish
Jumping Fish

I have no idea what kind of fish, but they are large, at least a foot (30cm) long.

Splash of Jumping Fish
Splash of Jumping Fish

And they make a pretty good splash.

Splash of Jumping Fish
Splash of Jumping Fish

The Alligators don’t appear to follow them, but you can be sure they know where to look when they are hungry.

Alligator
Alligator