Great Blue Heron Fight

Usually I say that birds are squabbling, or maybe getting feisty. These two were fighting with intent to do damage.

Two Great Blue Herons Fighting
Two Great Blue Herons Fighting

Ted and I had just gotten out of the car so missed whatever might have precipitated this set-to.

Two Great Blue Herons Fighting
Two Great Blue Herons Fighting

But they sure meant business and there was a lot of noise.

Two Great Blue Herons Fighting
Two Great Blue Herons Fighting

Until it was over.

Two Great Blue Herons Walking Away
Two Great Blue Herons Walking Away

They both walked away, apparently unscathed.

Two Great Blue Herons Walking Away
Two Great Blue Herons Walking Away

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
November 27, 2021

Brown Pelican – Just Touching The Creek

Experts at riding air currents, Brown Pelicans are mesmerizing to watch.

Brown Pelican Gliding Over Creek
Brown Pelican Gliding Over Creek

This section of Shem Creek has piers on both sides that seemed to block the wind and the Pelicans stayed very close to the water.

Brown Pelican Gliding Over Creek
Brown Pelican Gliding Over Creek

Occasionally one would graze the water with just one wing.

Brown Pelican Gliding Over Creek
Brown Pelican Gliding Over Creek, Pier on Opposite Side

Santee Delta By Boat, Wood Ducks

Our guide on the Santee Delta trip was an excellent bird spotter, and saw this small flock of Wood Ducks coming in for a landing.

Wood Ducks Landing
Wood Ducks Landing

Taking pictures of a small moving bird from a small moving boat gives so-so results, but it was fun to see them.

Wood Ducks Landing
Wood Ducks Landing

The ducks, or at least one of them, seemed to think they’d better fly right back out.

Wood Ducks Leaving
Wood Ducks Leaving

And of course the rest followed along.

Wood Ducks Leaving
Wood Ducks Leaving

This section of the river was lined with grass and reeds, a perfect spot for Wood Ducks to hang out.

Wood Ducks Leaving
Wood Duck Leaving

Santee River Trip with Coastal Expeditions
November 8, 2021

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Santee Delta By Boat, 1

The first week of November we took a boat trip in South Carolina’s Santee Delta, about half way between Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

North Santee River
North Santee River

We starting at a public boat landing where US Route 17 crosses the North Santee River and headed up river. These images were from the first stretch of the river.

North Santee River
North Santee River

Once we passed a few docks with moored boats it was easy to imagine our boat of ten folks as the only humans for miles.

North Santee River
North Santee River

A variety of trees line the river bank, and were in various stages of color and leaf loss.

North Santee River
North Santee River

Santee River Trip with Coastal Expeditions
November 8, 2021