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

Willet Sunrise Surf

The first morning light was quite pretty on this lone Willet as he walked the surf line.

Willet Walking In the Surf
Willet Walking In the Surf, Dead tree trunk

He plodded along in no particular rush, with the tide rising behind him.

Willet Walking In the Surf
Willet Walking In the Surf

Squint–do birds get blinded by looking into the sun the way I do?

Willet Walking In the Surf
Willet Walking In the Surf

The Willet walked on to higher ground between the fallen trees that make the boneyard on this beach.

Willet Walking In the Surf
Willet Walking In the Surf, Reflection of one of the “bone” trees

Botany Bay Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 14, 2022

Gallinule Passing By

A few Common Gallinules were walking around in this shallow water at the edge of a pond, quietly minding their own business.

Common Gallinule and Alligator
Common Gallinule and Alligator

Gallinules are known for making a vocal fuss, but while I was watching this scene they were quiet.

Common Gallinule and Alligators
Common Gallinule and Alligators

Hard to say if Alligators pay any attention to when birds vocalize; I’ve seen them respond to movement around them but not just noise.

Common Gallinule and Alligators
Common Gallinule and Alligators

These Alligators never moved.

Alligators
Alligators

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
October 24, 2022