Hydrangea, Day Lilies and a gazebo were reflecting in a small pond on the grounds of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.
Alligators take casual swims around this pond, often looking for a sunny spot to get out of the water. After some heavy rains they have less places to choose.
I liked the mottled reflections of the trees in the pond, dissected by the passing Alligator.
Lines and more lines of an Alligator, a dead branch, lots of vegetation and all of their reflections.
An Alligator was passing by a Cypress tree on a slow afternoon swim.
This Greater Yellowlegs was working a shallow pond.
He was quick.
His selection might have been a bit too big.
Rearrange it, then swallow.
Let’s look for more.
I’m going with the Merlin Bird ID suggestion that this is the Greater Yellowlegs, not the Lesser Yellowlegs. The distinction is in a comparison of their beak size to their head size: the Greater YL’s beak is 1.5 times the size of his head, with the Lesser YL’s beak being much shorter.
April 25, 2019
A flock of Grackles was zipping around and flying into my images around this pond. This one was a keeper with the reflection.
This log was an easy spot for a female Anhinga to climb out of the water and preen.
I was able to move and get a different reflection from the nearby tree.
A light breeze ruffled the water as she spread her wings to dry.
April 15, 2019
After watching a Great Blue Heron Hunting in a stream I got a further surprise when I spotted a Great Egret working the same area.
This was in February and in addition to it being a dull day it was rather dark under the tree canopy and still pretty brown.
A bit of green reflection in the water gives a hint that winter was waning.
The Egret was successful finding a few small snacks.
He was encouraged by his success and continued along the bank.
February 11, 2020.
A Pied-billed Grebe just floating along.
A bird or turtle beyond the frame caused the water to ripple.
Pond vegetation and reflections.
A Double-crested Cormorant was standing on a post, flapping his wings, which of course got my attention.
He dropped down as if he was going to spend some time in the water but then went into take off mode.
His splashes reminded me of a skipping stone.
Finally airborne, he disappeared down the canal.
Bear Island Wildlife Management Area
March 9. 2020