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Goodby 2018

2018 has been a wonderful year of observing and photographing the wonders of nature, mostly birds in the low country of South Carolina. Thank you for following along.  I appreciate all of your comments and observations.

Snowy Egret Fishing
Snowy Egret Fishing, with Reflection

I end the year with a Snowy Egret fishing in a rice field canal, taken on one of the few sunny days we’ve had lately.

Snowy Egret Fishing
Snowy Egret Fishing

A White Ibis dropped in amazing close to the Egret considering all the unoccupied space nearby.

White Ibis Photobombing Snowy Egret Fishing
White Ibis Photobombing Snowy Egret Fishing

Nonplussed, they both moved on.

White Ibis Landing Snowy Egret Fishing
White Ibis Landing Snowy Egret Fishing

Best wishes for a peaceful and healthy 2019!

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Common Gallinule

I hear Common Gallinules more often than see them. Per All About Birds they “make all sorts of chicken-like clucks, whinnies, cackles, squawks, and yelps.” Needless to say, many a birder has jumped when that racket starts, often accompanied by one or more Gallinules running across the water to safety.  I often refer to them as the early warning system for other ducks and wildlife I might have been hoping to see.

Common Gallinule
Common Gallinule

These images were taken on different days, but in the same area. The stump in the image above is newly sticking out of the water as the rice field pond has been drained for repairs.

The red bill in the image below looks almost like fake plastic, but that is how they look. Bald Eagles will stalk Gallinules in this pond and I wonder how that beacon of red appears to them.

Common Gallinule
Common Gallinule

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

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

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