I heard several Hawks calling around Magnolia Cemetery but didn’t see any. Sometimes they perch on head stones or in the trees around the pond. Oh well, nothing wrong with getting photos of an Ibis displaying his tree landing talents. I’m guessing he didn’t see the Hawk, either, as he executed a perfect touch down.
He blended right in so I lightened him a little. You can find him in the photo above by following the Ibis’s beak in a straight line left. Below, the Ibis has passed the Hawk.
You can see from the other photos that the Hawk moved only his head, neither intimidated by the Ibis nor thinking he’d make a good meal.
I did spot the Hawk after a few minutes and got a now deleted photo of one wing disappearing over a Magnolia tree.
Taking photographs of the rising or setting sun highlights just how quickly the earth moves. During the rest of the day you are hardly aware of this, but when working to position yourself in just the right spot at either end of daylight you feel like you are racing against the sun.
This Great Blue Heron seemed content with his chosen spot to watch the marsh start a new day. He stayed put until the sun was fully up and the glare kept me from seeing him.
Just four minutes after the first shot above, the photograph below was taken just before the sun would be blinding in my face.
Roseate Spoonbills follow the ebbing and flowing water in the tidal marshes looking for food. The tide was coming in and this group was moving with it towards the shallower water.
It was barely perceptible to the human eye that the water was moving. Those shiny bubbles are created by air escaping from the recently flooded mud.
The Spoonbills, however, know when it is time to go: over the berm where I was standing: follow the leader.
The height of the water on the other side is controlled by the SC Department of Natural Resources using trunks that were originally placed when rice was grown in these ponds. Too deep for feeding, the Spoonbills landed in a tree to rest.
When I turned back a few minutes later the inlet where I first spotted them had filled with water and none of this mud was visible.