Great Egret Chicks: Feed Me!

Adult Great Egrets get quite a workout feeding their young, and all this after procuring something for them to eat.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

The chicks are aggressive about getting their share.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

You can hear the “feed me” chorus, which is how the photographer often knows there is action afoot.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

One more go at the regurgitation. I never saw the food, at this age it goes directly into the juvenile’s throats.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

That’s it, I’m out.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

Daddy Long Legs on Melissa Balm

The spider from my post Daddy Long Legs and Friend traveled quite a distance in a small space over the few hours I checked on him.

Daddy Long Legs Spider
Daddy Long Legs Spider

He made repeated trips around this stem, occasionally showing me his entire leg structure.

Daddy Long Legs Spider
Daddy Long Legs Spider

I’m sure he had a purpose but it wasn’t obvious to me.

Daddy Long Legs Spider
Daddy Long Legs Spider

A second spider was attached to the porch screen a few feet away and didn’t appear to move even a smidge over several hours.

Daddy Long Legs Spider
Daddy Long Legs Spider

June 13, 2021

Daddy Long Legs and Friend

I was stalking a Daddy Long Legs on my patio when I spotted additional movement on his perch.

Daddy Long Legs Spider and Candy-striped Leafhopper
Daddy Long Legs Spider and Candy-striped Leafhopper

The spider had been all around the stem and leaves of this plant that I think is Melissa Balm; the debris to the the right of the Leaf-hopper is a dropped flower.

Daddy Long Legs Spider and Candy-striped Leafhopper
Daddy Long Legs Spider and Candy-striped Leafhopper

Whatever signal the Leafhopper was sending was lost on me and the spider. Maybe the signal was for the flower.

Daddy Long Legs Spider and Candy-striped Leafhopper
Daddy Long Legs Spider and Candy-striped Leafhopper

Blue Dasher Dragonfly

A stake in one of my patio flowerpots served as a perch for a dragonfly on a recent sunny day.

Juvenile Blue Dasher Dragonfly
Blue Dasher Dragonfly

It alternated between the obelisk “hand stand” posture and a lower position.

Juvenile Blue Dasher Dragonfly
Blue Dasher Dragonfly

I was able to maneuver to an angle with a snap-dragon in the back ground.

Juvenile Blue Dasher Dragonfly
Blue Dasher Dragonfly

There was a second dragonfly landing a few feet away but this one chased it off before returning to the same perch.

Juvenile Blue Dasher Dragonfly
Blue Dasher Dragonfly

Caught In The Rain

I rarely go to the swamp in the rain. My camera is water-resistant, but not water-proof, and in South Carolina rain is often accompanied by lightening. I don’t want to ruin my camera and more so don’t want to get electrocuted.

Sometimes you get a surprise. Fortunately there is a covered area of the walkway along this side of the pond.

There are a few Great Egret juveniles that haven’t fledged yet and this one backed into the boughs for a little protection.

Juvenile Great Egret in Rain
Juvenile Great Egret in Rain

This fellow was more curious.

Juvenile Great Egret in Rain
Juvenile Great Egret in Rain

The juveniles above are the two seen in the middle tree in the wider view below. There are three others visible in the further tree, along with an Anhinga.

Swamp In The Rain
Swamp In The Rain

We have been blessed with a lot of rain this month and green is the predominant color right now.

Carolina Chickadee on Powdery Alligator-flag

After having seen a hummingbird at the Powdery Alligator-flag two years ago I always give it a once-over when I pass by a patch.

Carolina Chickadee on Powdery Alligator-flag
Carolina Chickadee on Powdery Alligator-flag

A thunder storm was closing in on us and the light wasn’t great but it didn’t stop this Carolina Chickadee from gathering some snacks.

Carolina Chickadee with Powdery Alligator-flag Seed
Carolina Chickadee with Powdery Alligator-flag Seed

The light changed again, giving me hope that the storm was going away.

Carolina Chickadee on Powdery Alligator-flag
Carolina Chickadee on Powdery Alligator-flag

The extra light was brief and it started raining a short time later.

Carolina Chickadee on Powdery Alligator-flag
Carolina Chickadee on Powdery Alligator-flag

Swamp Frog

I hear frogs croaking and splashing into the water ahead of me, but rarely see them around the swamp. This fellow caught my attention with a small croak, and then was perfectly still.

Frog at the Swamp
Frog at the Swamp

Sitting on a fallen Powdery Alligator-flag leaf, he blended into the wet leaves pretty well and it took me a minute to spot him.

Frog at the Swamp
Frog at the Swamp