Tag Archives: Fall

Pied-billed Grebe

Small and chunky, the Pied-billed Grebe always looks like a baby-faced juvenile to me.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

Last week several of them were swimming in the rice field canal. Saltbrush seeds from shrubs that lined the bank were drifting over the water.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

The lowering late afternoon light and growth on the opposite bank changed the look of the water as I proceeded down the canal.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

Further along the Saltbrush seeds looked like sparkly feathers floating on the water. Saltbrush, Baccharis halimifolia, is a woody shrub or small tree in the Asteraceae family, and is also known as Groundsel.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

White Ibis in a Nesting Tree

If they follow last year’s pattern this tree will soon be occupied by nesting Great Blue Heron and Great Egret couples. Until then White Ibis have taken over the tree for sunning.

White Ibis resting in Tree
White Ibis resting in Tree

Doing the one-legged doze the Ibis stood right here for a couple of hours at least.

White Ibis resting in Tree
White Ibis resting in Tree

There is not a bit of material left from last year’s nests. Any Great Blues or Great Egrets that stake this out to start a family will be starting nest building from zero.

White Ibis resting in Tree
White Ibis resting in Tree

Taken as fall is coming to an end, 12/18/2018.

Great Egret, Corner of the Pond

These wooden posts are leftovers from an old dock or walkway at the edge of a rice field pond and the wading birds often perch on them.

Great Egret on a Post
Great Egret on a Post

The Great Egret was standing still so a slower shutter speed allowed me to capture some images even though the sun had dipped below the tree line and there wasn’t much light in this end of the pond.

Great Egret on a Post
Great Egret on a Post

Looking in the opposite direction an Alligator was swimming towards a spot to settle for the night.

Looking over the pond, Alligator near Sunset
Looking over the pond, Alligator near Sunset

Eastern Phoebe

The Eastern Phoebes around the rice field canals often eat by alternating flying out over the canal to gather insects and landing on a perch that overhangs the water.

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe

The marsh reeds appeared golden at the end of the afternoon on this day and I was able to get a bit better background as I got closer to this Phoebe.

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe

Not surprisingly, many of their chosen perches are obstructed from view by branches and reeds. And they don’t hold still very long.

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe

Orange and Gold at the Back of the Dike

The reflections were like a pot of gold in the back corner of the canal that runs along the rice field dike. The dike and canal make a 90 degree turn at this corner, and then the water widens off to the left into a pond. There was a little breeze ruffling the water surface in the more open area.

Orange and Gold Reflecting in the Canal
Orange and Gold Reflecting in the Canal

Taken about a half hour later, this view is towards that same line of trees from a bend in the dike. A few Great Blue Herons have been using the clumps of reeds sticking out from the bank as fishing and sunning spots.

Orange and Gold Reflecting in the Canal
Orange and Gold Reflecting in the Canal

Following A Yellow-rumped Warbler

The sky was gloriously blue and this Yellow-rumped Warbler flitted in and out of the trees along the rice field dike.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Anyone who follows birds, especially the small ones, knows the advantage of fall and leafless trees.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

The other edge of the dike is lined with various evergreen trees making it easy for these little fellows to disappear in a flash.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Flower Color

Today I’m sharing a few random flower images taken over the last month around the swamp. These Swamp Sunflowers are growing on a floating clump on one of the ponds.

Swamp Sunflowers
Swamp Sunflowers

We have not yet had a hard freeze and a few late lilies are still blooming, if a little bedraggled.

Spider Lily
Spider Lily

I don’t know what this one looked like in bloom, but I liked the wispy fluff around the drying stalk.

Gone to Seed
Gone to Seed

Beach Sunset

I joined some photographer friends at Folly Beach yesterday afternoon to watch the sunset. Fall sunsets there can be very dramatic with pink often playing a big part. This one didn’t live up to “spectacular” but it was pretty and we had fun during the waiting.

The water in the foreground of this image is a tidal pool left by recent very high tides.

Sun Setting Behind Kiawah Island
Sun Setting Behind Kiawah Island

This couple was peddling away from the sunset.

Bicycle Built for Two
Bicycle Built for Two

This dog clearly can’t read. His owner, a few steps to the right of my frame ignored this and the “Dogs on Leash at All Times” sign he had just passed.

Actually there is no more than average danger and no one “Keeps Off” this cement walkway that leads from the parking lot to the beach. In fact you can’t see this warning if you are on the walkway. The water is the end of the tidal pool seen above.

Loose dogs are another matter.

Danger Keep Off
Danger Keep Off

Creeping Shadows

This was late in the afternoon and it was mostly quiet on the pond. You can just make out the half moon hanging. The water was still, creating a nice reflection except where the duck weed gathered.

Ravenswood Pond Late Afternoon
Ravenswood Pond Late Afternoon

About 2 hours later the second image was taken from the side of the pond, about half way down. White Ibis were gathering in one of the far trees for the night and the light was disappearing fast.

Ravenswood Pond Sun Going Down
Ravenswood Pond Sun Going Down

I was on my way out and by the time I got back to where the first image was taken there were at least 100 Ibis in that tree. It was cool to watch but not enough light to photograph.