Tag Archives: Reflection

Juvenile Alligator Blending In

The stripes on a young Alligator provide camouflage in a variety of environments, and this youngster in the dark water littered with dried pine needles blended right in.

Juvenile Alligator Swimming
Juvenile Alligator Swimming, About 18 inches, 45 centimeters, long

Working against him, and how I knew he was there before I saw movement, is that the little ones tend to chirp. I didn’t see mama, but I’m sure she wasn’t far off.

Juvenile Alligator Swimming
Juvenile Alligator Swimming

I had startled a Great Blue Heron on this bank as I approached. I’m sure the bird was keenly tuned into this being a possible lunch.

Juvenile Alligator Swimming
Juvenile Alligator Swimming

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
November 14, 2021

Anhinga Swimming Freestyle

I thought I might see this Anhinga dive and catch a fish. Instead she swam passed me, rhythmically arching her neck back and forth as she propelled forward.

Anhinga Swimming
Anhinga Swimming

And she dropped lower in the water.

Anhinga Swimming
Anhinga Swimming

I wondered

Anhinga Swimming
Anhinga Swimming

how low

Anhinga Swimming
Anhinga Swimming

would she go? And why didn’t she dive?

Anhinga Swimming
Anhinga Swimming

She was making steady progress and after a few more beats rose back up a bit and swam out of my sight scoring points for style but not getting any breakfast.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
Rice field canal
August 29, 2021

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills, 3

More from Sunday… These birds were too far away to get clear images of their action and the water was dark, but they were fun to watch.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

The Wood Stork in the middle with his wings out was trying to take a bath.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

The water really wasn’t deep enough, but he kept splashing it around, along with some mud.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

A few Roseate Spoonbills were busy feeding around the Wood Storks.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

The tide was coming in and their window of opportunity to feed is narrow, based on the depth of the water.

Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills
Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
August 29, 2021