Category Archives: Reptiles

Gallinule Passing By

A few Common Gallinules were walking around in this shallow water at the edge of a pond, quietly minding their own business.

Common Gallinule and Alligator
Common Gallinule and Alligator

Gallinules are known for making a vocal fuss, but while I was watching this scene they were quiet.

Common Gallinule and Alligators
Common Gallinule and Alligators

Hard to say if Alligators pay any attention to when birds vocalize; I’ve seen them respond to movement around them but not just noise.

Common Gallinule and Alligators
Common Gallinule and Alligators

These Alligators never moved.

Alligators
Alligators

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
October 24, 2022

Alligators Everywhere

The Alligators took advantage of the exposed mud as water drained out of the the big rice field pond.

And they found their way into a number of my wading bird images.

Wading Birds and Alligators
Wading Birds and Alligators
Wading Birds and Alligators
Wading Birds and Alligators
Snowy Egret Flying By Alligator
Snowy Egret Flying By Alligator

A wider view of the interior of the pond–all of those reeds are due to be burned off as soon as wind conditions are right.

Wading Birds and Alligator
Wading Birds and Alligator, The Alligator’s crawl path zigzagging across the mud

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
October 24, 2022

Alligators, Doing Their Thing

And their thing isn’t much, or wasn’t on this day. This fellow was just hanging out at the edge of the pond.

Alligator In The Weeds
Alligator In The Weeds

Not really a photobomber because it’s not so easy to see, but there is a Belted Kingfisher sitting on the stick at the center top of the image as the Alligator glided by.

Alligator Crossing The Pond
Alligator Crossing The Pond, Belted Kingfisher on the stick

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
August 27, 2022

 

Juvenile Alligator With a Prize

I’m not sure if this juvenile Alligator knew there was a treasure ahead, or if he had just wandered out of the pond.

Juvenile Alligator
Juvenile Alligator

But, once he got closer there was no doubt.

Juvenile Alligator
Juvenile Alligator

Even after studying these images I have no idea what the “treasure” is.

Juvenile Alligator With Snack
Juvenile Alligator With Snack

The alligator gave it a shake…

Juvenile Alligator With Snack
Juvenile Alligator With Snack

and beat feet!

Juvenile Alligator With Snack
Juvenile Alligator With Snack

August 26, 2022
Cypress Gardens, Moncks Corner, SC

Loggerhead Turtle Hatchling

Ted and I went on a fundraising / educational trip to Bulls Island to promote the Loggerhead Turtle nesting spearheaded by the Coastal Expeditions Foundation. Money and citizen knowledge are two things that are helping these turtles successfully nest in Cape Romain.

We were treated to an amazing and unexpected experience when one of the wildlife technicians that monitors the nests released five hatchlings that had fallen behind their nest mates. I waded into the water for a unique view, but not standing still as the sand shifted beneath my feet.

Loggerhead Turtle Hatchling Going Into Ocean
Loggerhead Turtle Hatchling Going Into Ocean – about 2 inches (5 cm) long

Loggerhead Turtle Hatchling Going Into Ocean
Loggerhead Turtle Hatchling Going Into Ocean

Loggerhead Turtle Hatchling Going Into Ocean
Loggerhead Turtle Hatchling Going Into Ocean

The next wave swept him away and I got one shot of him paddling off.

Loggerhead Turtle Hatchling In Ocean
Loggerhead Turtle Hatchling In Ocean

Bulls Island, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, SC
July 24, 2022

From Coastal Expeditions Foundation:
https://www.coastalexpeditions.com/cast/

Protecting Sea Turtles in Cape Romain NWR

Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge is the most significant nesting site north of Florida on the Eastern seaboard. Over 3000 nests are laid on the barrier island beaches of this refuge each summer, and it takes a legion of volunteers and two wildlife technicians to handle the task of protecting and categorizing every loggerhead nest.

Every year, this program needs to be fully funded from outside donations and grants to pay for the seasonal salaries of two wildlife technicians and two interns. The Coastal Expeditions Foundation handles this $50,000 commitment through fundraisers and grass roots donations.

Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, extending 22 miles along the South Carolina Coast, is a rich mosaic of barrier islands with forest and ponds, vast salt marshes and intricate waterways. This diverse and dynamic system supports over 293 bird species and a myriad of other wildlife. Over fifty percent of refuge lands are designated a Class I National Wilderness Area.

Cottonmouth Snake with Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly

I’m not much on snakes–I do photograph them on occasion but don’t often post them. This one was sunning just off the boardwalk; Ted had identified him as poisonous.

Cottonmouth Snake with Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly
Cottonmouth Snake with Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly

Unfortunately I didn’t see the Damselfly until looking at the pictures on my computer.

Cottonmouth Snake with Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly
Cottonmouth Snake with Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly

If I had, we’d be looking at a closeup of the insect on those interesting scales…

Cottonmouth Snake with Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly
Cottonmouth Snake with Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly

instead of just a blip of blue on the snake.

Cottonmouth Snake with Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly
Cottonmouth Snake with Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly, Cypress Knee Blocking the View

Francis Beidler Forest, SC
July 9, 2022