Tag Archives: Spring

Prothonotary Warbler in the Forest

The Prothonotary Warblers have returned to my area. Often you hear them before seeing them, even with this brilliant yellow.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

These images were taken at Beidler Forest which has many of the features these warblers like: tree cavities for nesting, damp forest floor, dense undergrowth and both standing and slow moving water.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

As I was leaving for the day one final Prothonotary Warbler crossed my path and perched on an open, if dimly lit, branch for a few moments.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

Wild Pink

Wild flowers have been allowed to grow unmolested by the lawnmower at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston and this morning there were more types than I ever remember seeing there. A nice patch of these pink beauties, perhaps some kind of mallow, caught my eye.

Wild Pink
Wild Pink

A single bloom off on its own shows  delicate pink shades.

Wild Pink
Wild Pink

The ground was dry and after scanning for snakes, ants and other creatures I got down on the ground for a few images

Wild Pink
Wild Pink

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Pond of Water Lilies

When I first saw these flashes of white from the road I thought they were birds. It was a nice treat to find water lilies, even though I couldn’t get very close.

Pond with Water Lilies
Pond with Water Lilies

There was a small grouping of lilies closer to the dike that runs along the side of the pond.

Pond with Water Lilies
Pond with Water Lilies

A stiff breeze was flapping the lily pads out of the water in an open area where a single Cormorant was fishing.

Pond with Water Lilies
Pond with Water Lilies and Cormorant

Rice Field Canal, Two Views

The old rice fields along South Carolina’s coast that are maintained as part of the wildlife management areas are connected by canals and the water flow is controlled by opening  or closing a series of “trunks.”

Taken March 28, trees are budding and leafing out all around but there are still a lot of brown dead reeds from last year on the edges of the canals.

Canal Behind Trunk
Canal Behind Trunk

This second view is the same canal from a slightly different angle without the trunk.

Rice Field Canal
Rice Field Canal

Red Tulips and Water

A planting of red tulips along a fountain edge provided a show and a multitude of focus options.

Red Tulips Through Fountain
Red Tulips Through Fountain

Yellow Snapdragons on my side of the water added another layer of color.

Red Tulips Through Fountain
Red Tulips Through Fountain

A higher shutter speed captured the details of the brick wall beyond as well as the water and flowers.

Red Tulips Through Fountain
Red Tulips Through Fountain

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Great Egret Dance and Build

This Great Egret wasn’t having much luck attracting a mate with his beautiful dancing but that didn’t stop him from working on a nest.

Great Egret Mating Dance
Great Egret Mating Dance

He had a good location in the tree and I suspect did not want to give it up  to go searching for building materials. With a mate selected one would stay on the nest site to keep intruders away.

Great Egret Mating Dance
Great Egret Mating Dance

Instead he grabbed pieces from the limbs around him, continuing to display those gorgeous tail feathers.

Great Egret Mating Dance
Great Egret Mating Dance

Taken 3/13/2019