Category Archives: Wading Birds

Snowy Egret Keeping His Feet Dry

Dry feet aren’t really a concern for wading birds, but this Snowy Egret was keen on balancing above the water rather than dropping in.

Snowy Egret Balancing
Snowy Egret Balancing

Check out his left foot…

Snowy Egret Balancing
Snowy Egret Balancing

… now grasping like a claw…

Snowy Egret Balancing
Snowy Egret Balancing

…while his right leg looks really awkward.

Snowy Egret Balancing
Snowy Egret Balancing

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
November 12, 2022

Great Egret, Up and Away

I expected this Great Egret to fly as soon as I saw him nestled in the marsh grass, thinking I had startled him.

Great Egret in Marsh
Great Egret in Marsh

I watched, and waited, and waited. Then I looked away for a few seconds …

Great Egret Lifting Off From Marsh
Great Egret Lifting Off From Marsh

…and sure enough, lift off was happening, and away he went.

Great Egret Flying Over Marsh
Great Egret Flying Over Marsh

Botany Bay Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 14, 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