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Tricolored Heron and Aligator

The majority of the water has been let out of one of the rice field ponds at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in advance of some repairs to be made on the back dike. This has left a mud flat that is very attractive to the wading birds.

Tricolored Heron and Alligator
Tricolored Heron and Alligator

From a distance I thought the other creature was a stick but I could clearly see the eyes of a small Alligator as I got closer.

Tricolored Heron and Alligator
Tricolored Heron and Alligator

The last image is focused on the Alligator, that was content to hold that spot while the Tricolored Heron hunted behind him.

Tricolored Heron and Alligator
Tricolored Heron and Alligator

Eagle Fishing in Canal

The rice field impoundments and canals were busy last Saturday morning including a Bald Eagle that was scooping up fish. There had been a die-off over night, likely due to a sudden temperature drop to near freezing.

Bald Eagle Fishing in Rice Field Canal
Bald Eagle Fishing in Rice Field Canal

The Great Egrets went about their business without any fuss.

Bald Eagle Fishing in Rice Field Canal
Bald Eagle Fishing in Rice Field Canal

I was quite a distance from the action but it was cool to see a few Eagles swooping over the Great Egrets and Alligators.

Bald Eagle Fishing in Rice Field Canal
Bald Eagle Fishing in Rice Field Canal

Newly Opened Dike

These images were taken in a section of the wildlife management area that I don’t visit often. Until recently you had to climb over fallen trees to get there and the dike is lower, which puts the photographer closer to the water which is good and bad.

Getting a lower prospective and Alligator reflection is good. Being closer to unseen Alligators can scare the &#!% out of a photographer if they move!

Alligator and Reflection
Alligator and Reflection

Being lower also means less breeze, which much of the year means more mosquitoes. Last week was cooler so there wasn’t much insect activity.

White Ibis
White Ibis

This White Ibis was enjoying the sun and along came a Little Blue Heron.

Little Blue Heron and White Ibis
Little Blue Heron and White Ibis

The Little Blue Heron slowly encroached on the Ibis’  space.

Little Blue Heron and White Ibis
Little Blue Heron and White Ibis

Lining the Banks

Wading birds and alligators gathered along this marsh inlet as the tide was going out.

Wading Birds and Alligators
Wading Birds and Alligators

The Snowy Egrets changed position frequently, they seem happiest when flapping around. The other egrets and herons tended to stick to their claimed spot, even as the alligators passed by.

Wading Birds Lining the Shore
Wading Birds Lining the Shore

Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron,  and White Ibis shared the banks.

Move Over, Brother!

I’ve documented this scenario before, but still find it interesting to watch unfold.

Alligators on Pond Ramp
Alligators on Pond Ramp

Alligator 1 is minding his own business having a snooze.

Alligators on Pond Ramp
Alligators on Pond Ramp

Alligator 2 would like a turn in the sun and just kept pushing.

Alligators on Pond Ramp
Alligators on Pond Ramp

There was no altercation, just a final nudge, and Alligator 1 went over the side.

Alligators on Pond Ramp
Alligators on Pond Ramp

Great Egret Landing

Since the juveniles have fledged most of the Great Egret activity at my favorite swamp has been on the far side of the big pond. The water is a little shallower for hunting and I expect harbors a lot of fish. The Alligators, of course, go all over. I didn’t see this one in the Egret’s reflection until I was processing my images.

Great Egret Landing Over Alligator
Great Egret Landing Over Alligator

The distance is too far for really sharp images, but some days that’s all you see. The Great Egret wisely kept moving and then flew over a juvenile Little Blue Heron.

Great Egret Landing
Great Egret Landing

He finally touched down with a flourish surrounded by lush green swamp vegetation.

Great Egret Landing
Great Egret Landing