Category Archives: Nature

Great Egret Goal Posts

It was a nail-biter.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

For me.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

Surely the White Pelican would swoosh between the Great Egrets…

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

But no, he ran out of oomph and veered left.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

There was to be no touch down score for this American White Pelican

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
February 23, 2022

Cassia: Wow on the Yellow

I remembered this delightful bush as I wondered some lesser traveled paths at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens a few weeks ago.

Cassia
Cassia

This plant is surely the gift that keeps on giving, as it was just covered with these shapely yellow blooms.

Cassia
Cassia

Some of the singles left on a stalk were real stand-outs.

Cassia
Cassia

Most of the plant was covered with these clusters.

Cassia
Cassia

I had posted images of this plant last December not knowing what it was. Fortuitously, the most recent Magnolia Newsletter had an image and identified it as  Cassia.

Cassia
Cassia

A little plant research shows there are a number of varieties of Cassia and I’m just going to let it go at that.

December 6, 2021

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