Tag Archives: Landscape

Alligators Floating in Rice Field Canal

Dikes run along both sides of this canal behind the lines of reeds. If you zoom in on the left you’ll see some dragonflies perched in the reed tops and some in the air. Many of my recent dragonfly images were taken from that dike.

Alligators Floating in Rice Field Canal, Great Egret Above
Alligators Floating in Rice Field Canal, Great Egret Above

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
August 29, 2021

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron on Water Control Trunk

On my return walk on an old rice field dike a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was perched on another trunk, this time up on a cross bar amidst some spider webs.

The pressure-treated look of the wood and use of metal material indicate that is a newer, replacement trunk. Older ones are all wood, including the pegs that position the water control flap.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron on Trunk
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron on Trunk

Management of these wetlands by the SC Department of Natural Resources is dependent on the functionality of these trunks for water level control.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
July 4, 2021

Brown Pelicans Off Duty

On our way out to Bird Key to see the Brown Pelican chicks we spotted several small groups of adults flying to sand bars.

Brown Pelicans
Brown Pelicans

According to our guide the adults assign a baby-sitter Pelican at the rookery then find a place to rest.

Brown Pelicans
Brown Pelicans

They certainly picked a beautiful, if sparse, location.

Brown Pelicans
Brown Pelicans

From a boat, Kiawah River, Charleston County, SC
July 12, 2021