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Great Blue Heron

A number of Great Blue Herons posed in and out of the old rice fields adjacent to the Ashley River last week.  The reeds, weeds and bushes along the edge are starting to show that end of summer droop and a hint of color changes.

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This Heron was performing what appeared to be a cooling ritual with panting type breathing and his wings at bent angle.

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The classic pose, waiting and watching.

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Swamp Walk

We have moved to South Carolina just in time to see the end of the nesting season at the Magnolia Plantation rookeries. Little Blue Herons  feed their young, which are nearly as big as the adults, in an awkward, wing flapping, spectacle.

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These Great Egrets were resting quietly in the heat of the day. Their nest doesn’t look like it will hold them in as the alligators patrol in the swamp below.

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I heard some jaw snapping but didn’t see this gator get a meal. They are moving much faster than when we visited this area over the winter.

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A juvenile Heron watched warily from his perch.

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