GBH Moving On

After his less than elegant landing on the other side of the pond this Great Blue Heron decided to move on.

Great Blue Heron Flying Over Pond
Great Blue Heron Flying Over Pond

A few flaps of his wings and he cleared the pond and headed for the dike by the river.

Great Blue Heron Flying Off
Great Blue Heron Flying Off

A few palm trees along he path let us know we are in the south.

Great Blue Heron Flying Past Palm Tree
Great Blue Heron Flying Past Palm Tree

Middleton Place, Charleston, SC
September 14, 2021

White Ibis Parade

White Ibis are busy birds, poking and pecking as they go along looking for about anything to eat.

White Ibis
White Ibis

Usually in the water, this trio led a parade along the bank of a pond.

White Ibis
White Ibis

The water at the edge of the pond was too deep for them to wade so they worked their way around on the grass.

White Ibis
White Ibis

One stopped to take in the view.

White Ibis
White Ibis

Middleton Place, Charleston, SC
September 14, 2021

Great Blue Heron Flying By

This Great Blue Heron flew across the pond as I approached. I had a nice view as the pondside reeds have been cut back.

Great Blue Heron Flying Over Pond
Great Blue Heron Flying Over Pond

The water was high and he didn’t stop at the edge of where they sometimes hang out, even with Alligators lurking at the edge.

Great Blue Heron Flying Over Pond
Great Blue Heron Flying Over Pond

The heron lifted up over that Hummock, headed for a nearby tree.

Great Blue Heron Flying By
Great Blue Heron Flying By

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 19, 2021

Tamron 19-400 MM lens, with some chromatic aberration in the flight over water images that Topaz sharpen made worse.  The first two images are without any sharpening.

Alligator Getting Attention

A profiling Alligator caught my attention as I passed by.  I couldn’t hear any growling or other noise, but kept my eye on him. He might have been eating something or just showing off.

Alligator Profiling
Alligator Profiling

The action was all over in a few seconds, and that was the end of the excitement.

Two Alligators in Pond
Two Alligators in Pond, Ashley River in Background

At least from my viewpoint. It’s hard to know what, if anything, either Alligator was thinking.

Alligator in Pond
Alligator in Pond

Butterflies on Lantana

I’ve recently commented that I haven’t seen many butterflies this summer. Last week at Middleton Place I was surprised to find several species, three that were attracted to Lantana.

First was this rather tattered Black Swallowtail.

Black Swallowtail on Lantana
Black Swallowtail on Lantana

This Buckeye was another tattered example.

Buckeye on Lantana
Buckeye on Lantana

Then a very good looking Fritillary.  I always say the ones I see are Gulf Fritillaries, but that may not be true.

Fritillary on Lantana
Fritillary on Lantana