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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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Bird Trees

This is the first time I’ve seen more than one or two wading birds in these two trees that are at the edge of a tidal marsh. Snowy Egrets were coming and going in the first tree, with one lone White Ibis on the left. The sky wasn’t a great backdrop on this morning but I couldn’t pass up photographing this activity.

Snowy Egrets in Tree
Snowy Egrets in Tree

White Ibis dominated the second tree and while I’m not that happy to have fall arrive, the leafless trees did allow a good look at the birds.

White Ibis in a Tree
White Ibis in a Tree

Everyone Face Left!

Well, almost everyone.

As I was maneuvering to a spot where I could view the wading bird feeding frenzy I spotted this small group of egrets off to the side. They seemed focused on something to my right; the big group was further back and to my left. The weren’t interested in joining in with the others. Perhaps they’d had their fill.

Egret Gathering
Egret Gathering, Face Right, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret

When the larger groups from the huge flock took off it was pretty noisy, mostly from the wing beats. During one of those lift offs this group decided it was time to move on.

Egret Gathering Takes Flight
Egret Gathering Takes Flight

Solitary Snowy Egret

Snowy Egrets are entertaining to watch as they dart about, working to stir up small fish in the water. This one separated himself from the flock of nearby Roseate Spoonbills and Wood Storks and took a short break. We are used to seeing  Great Egrets waiting this way, but generally the Snowy Egrets don’t have the same perseverance.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

A quick turn and a pounce into the water yielded nothing, this time.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

Taken 7/26/2018.

Lining the Banks

Wading birds and alligators gathered along this marsh inlet as the tide was going out.

Wading Birds and Alligators
Wading Birds and Alligators

The Snowy Egrets changed position frequently, they seem happiest when flapping around. The other egrets and herons tended to stick to their claimed spot, even as the alligators passed by.

Wading Birds Lining the Shore
Wading Birds Lining the Shore

Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron,  and White Ibis shared the banks.

Snowy Egrets Synchronized Flying

And the chase was on. It was hard to tell who was who. These two Snowy Egrets were trying to impress a prospective mate.

Snowy Egrets
Snowy Egrets

The flying skill was quite impressive.

Their feet and bills have turned from yellow to orange for mating season.

Snowy Egrets
Snowy Egrets

Where this duo finally landed was a bit far for a good shot, but there was no mistaking the mating dance.

Snowy Egrets
Snowy Egrets

The Great Egret sitting on her nest was unperturbed by all this activity and a third Snowy Egret tucked himself out of the way.

Snowy Egrets
Snowy Egrets

Bathing Hole

When I first arrived at the end of the boardwalk at St. Augustine Alligator Farm a Great Egret had this little corner to himself. He was just sitting there, not actively bathing, but dunking a little. No Alligators were in the immediate vicinity, that I could see.

Great Egret Chest Deep in Water
Great Egret Chest Deep in Water

Even though he wasn’t doing anything to attract attention he soon had company, as first a Roseate Spoonbill sauntered over, a Snowy Egret dropped in, and then a White Ibis joined the group. The White Ibis, with a splash of mud on his wings, was most in need of a rinse.

White Ibis, Great Egret, Roseate Spoonbill and Snowy Egret
White Ibis, Great Egret, Roseate Spoonbill and Snowy Egret

The dirt look to the Spoonbill’s feathers is the transition to the darker pink/red that happens as they mature.

1/29/2018, St. Augustine Alligator Farm, St. Augustine, Florida.