A row of wading birds was lined up along the shore of this shallow pond. Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Laughing Gulls and a lone Tricolored Heron went about their morning rituals with little fuss.
This dead tree serves as a perch for numerous birds hanging around the rookery. It hangs over the water at the edge of one of the bigger islands giving the big birds a place to contemplate their next move.
Tricorlored Heron taking a slow walk across a pond full of reflections.
The Tricolored Herons aren’t as tricky with their dance moves as the Reddish Egrets but they are pretty entertaining. This one had been feeding further away then came into the shallow water and strutted around.
Gave a good shake…
Then pranced on his way.
I rarely see a Tricolored Heron standing in the classic heron pose; they always seem to be busy poking around the shoreline.
Grass along my edge of the bank restricted my view while the grass on the other bank made a nice addition to the reflection.
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The old rice fields in South Carolina’s lowcountry are dotted with remnants of old structures. I’m not sure what this was; a duck blind or dock maybe. Now only the birds use it.
The marsh grasses have settled back a bit as winter takes its toll on the vegetation.
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Wading birds wade in some pretty dull looking spots. Despite the unattractive mud and decaying vegetation this duo created some interesting reflections.
They were not interacting in an obvious way and surely had no idea they made a lovely circle with their reflections.
They wandered back and forth but never got more than 8 or 10 feet apart.
Below is a wider view of their surroundings.
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Making a noisy production of it, this Tricolored Heron flew past me up the canal. I saw where he landed but the pathway along this part of the old rice field is lined with a lot of trees so I didn’t expect to see him close up. I got a peeking view of him through some branches, expecting him to fly off any moment as they tend to be skittish.
He stayed put even when I passed by to another vantage point that included his gorgeous reflection and more of the fallen tree that he perched on.
He continued to stay put as I moved on and rounded the corner for yet another view that included some fall color.
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A Tricolored Heron lined up with a few small trees and pond debris that have gotten hung up in the middle of the old rice field pond.
He looked like he might be trying to hide in plain sight. It was a drab scene with grey water and brown vegetation. I liked it better in monochrome.
A number of Tricolored Herons were hanging out around the dike surrounding the old rice fields this afternoon.
The one below is probably older.
The small herons are territorial and this one was making his presence known to an approaching Snowy Egret. The reeds on my side of the water kept me from photographing the egret.
The egret kept on coming and pretty soon they both took off, squawking and flapping. They settled down in a new spot out in the reeds.
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