Early Morning Wood Ducks

A group of Wood Ducks had the Alligator ramp to themselves on one recent morning.

Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp
Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp

Stretching and preening, I saw a few flashes of blue.

Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp
Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp

In lookout position, this one seemed ready to signal a retreat, one foot over the edge.

Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp
Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp

But they stayed spread out and stayed for a few photos.

Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp
Wood Ducks On Alligator Ramp

August 31, 2021

Green Heron Up On A Limb

I heard a familiar chattering and spotted this Green Heron precariously balanced on a limb overhanging the dike.

Green Heron
Green Heron

He soon moved to a more secure location.

Green Heron
Green Heron

There were at least two other Green Herons in the vicinity and I’m not sure if they were trying to stay together or get some personal space.

Green Heron
Green Heron

Before long all three took off for the other end of the pond.

Green Heron
Green Heron

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 5, 2021

Dragonfly Trio, 3 of 3

Who could resist three dragonflies lined up in a row?

So these are just a duo as the third fellow took off for a minute.

Dragonfly Duo (f-18)
Dragonfly Duo (f-18)

One of the others gathered some snacks…

Dragonfly Duo (f-18)
Dragonfly Duo (f-18)

Showed off some flight skills…

Dragonfly Duo (f-18)
Dragonfly Duo (f-18)

Then returned to his perch.

Dragonfly Duo (f-18)
Dragonfly Duo (f-18)

These were all taken at 1/1000 sec with the Tamron 180mm prime macro lens.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 5, 2021

Dragonfly Trio, 2 of 3

Who could resist three dragonflies lined up in a row?

Some more experimenting with distance and f-stops. A bunch of reeds kept me from the best placement to have all three dragonflies equidistant from me, and we were at the edge of a pond so I had to stay on this side.

Dragonfly Trio (f-11)
Dragonfly Trio (f-11)

And them some distraction with choosing different perches.

Dragonfly Trio (f-32)
Dragonfly Trio (f-32)

And with the dragonfly on the right adjusting his position.

Dragonfly Trio (f-32)
Dragonfly Trio (f-32)

There was also a little breeze, good for keeping bugs off me, not so good for my experiment as the reeds swayed.

Dragonfly Trio (f-32)
Dragonfly Trio (f-32)

These were all taken at 1/1000 sec with the Tamron 180mm prime macro lens.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 5, 2021

Dragonfly Trio, 1 of 3

Who could resist three dragonflies lined up in a row?

Dragonfly Trio
Dragonfly Trio (f-18)

These dragonflies, which I believe are all Four-spotted Pennants, were quite cooperative as I took this opportunity to experiment with different f-stops to see what ranges might be in focus.

Dragonfly Trio
Dragonfly Trio (f11)

These were all taken at 1/1000 sec with the Tamron 180mm prime macro lens.

Dragonfly Trio
Dragonfly Trio (f11)

I was about three feet (100cm) from the closest one, on the right in first image. Their perches were about 12 inches (30cm) apart left to right and a bit closer than that in their distance from each other front to back.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 5, 2021

Grackle With a Short Tail

The Merlin Bird ID app says this is likely a Boat-tailed Grackle, despite the short tail.

Boat-tailed Grackle
Common or Boat-tailed Grackle

I saw a couple of them that had odd looking tails on a walk around an old rice field dike and wondered if they were juveniles. Turns out juveniles are brown.

Boat-tailed Grackle
Common or Boat-tailed Grackle

And the yellow eye is variable in both Common and Boat-tailed Grackles.

Boat-tailed Grackle
Common or Boat-tailed Grackle

Whichever it was, this one had climbing on his mind.

Boat-tailed Grackle
Common or Boat-tailed Grackle

 

 

 

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills, 3

More from Sunday… These birds were too far away to get clear images of their action and the water was dark, but they were fun to watch.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

The Wood Stork in the middle with his wings out was trying to take a bath.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

The water really wasn’t deep enough, but he kept splashing it around, along with some mud.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

A few Roseate Spoonbills were busy feeding around the Wood Storks.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

The tide was coming in and their window of opportunity to feed is narrow, based on the depth of the water.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
August 29, 2021