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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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Floating Photobomb

The White Ibis was wading in the canal just off the dike at the rice field impoundment. I waited patiently for him to get far enough from the bank to get a clear shot.

White Ibis
White Ibis

Then an intruder! Several Ring-billed Gulls were on the opposite bank in the shallow water. I didn’t expect any to be interested in the deeper water, not thinking they would float, not wade.

White Ibis and Gull
White Ibis and Ring-billed Gull

The Gull continued paddling until he was behind the White Ibis and lifted his head, turning a photobombed shot into a nice bird combo image.

White Ibis and Gull
White Ibis and Ring-billed Gull

White Ibis in a Nesting Tree

If they follow last year’s pattern this tree will soon be occupied by nesting Great Blue Heron and Great Egret couples. Until then White Ibis have taken over the tree for sunning.

White Ibis resting in Tree
White Ibis resting in Tree

Doing the one-legged doze the Ibis stood right here for a couple of hours at least.

White Ibis resting in Tree
White Ibis resting in Tree

There is not a bit of material left from last year’s nests. Any Great Blues or Great Egrets that stake this out to start a family will be starting nest building from zero.

White Ibis resting in Tree
White Ibis resting in Tree

Taken as fall is coming to an end, 12/18/2018.

Newly Opened Dike

These images were taken in a section of the wildlife management area that I don’t visit often. Until recently you had to climb over fallen trees to get there and the dike is lower, which puts the photographer closer to the water which is good and bad.

Getting a lower prospective and Alligator reflection is good. Being closer to unseen Alligators can scare the &#!% out of a photographer if they move!

Alligator and Reflection
Alligator and Reflection

Being lower also means less breeze, which much of the year means more mosquitoes. Last week was cooler so there wasn’t much insect activity.

White Ibis
White Ibis

This White Ibis was enjoying the sun and along came a Little Blue Heron.

Little Blue Heron and White Ibis
Little Blue Heron and White Ibis

The Little Blue Heron slowly encroached on the Ibis’  space.

Little Blue Heron and White Ibis
Little Blue Heron and White Ibis

Wood Storks in Dead Tree, 2

I posted some images of this scene a few weeks ago taken at a different angle and cropped in a 1X1 format. I had so many images from that outing I thought I’d try a composition that showed more of that day’s “big” sky.

Wood Storks in Dead Tree
Wood Storks in Dead Tree

Bear Island WMA is closed to the general public now until February 9, 2019 so we won’t be back to see if these Wood Storks are still hanging around.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, 10/20/2018

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

Wood Storks in a Dead Tree

There were hundreds of Wood Storks in the trees at the back of the field and in the rice field canals, most of them tucked down or just too far away for good images. This dead tree served as a perch for a small group of storks and couple stray White Ibis as they rotated in and out of the distant trees.

Coming and Going
Wood Storks Coming and Going

One or two would land and almost immediately on or two would ext the tree. This was another one of those natural happenings that seemed to have a secret signal.

Coming and Going
Wood Storks Coming and Going

There was another canal between me and this tree but that water didn’t seem appealing to any of the wading birds on this afternoon.

Coming and Going
Wood Storks Coming and Going

The fluffy white clouds were building up pretty quickly and provided a more interesting background than plain blue sky.

Coming and Going
Wood Storks Coming and Going

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, 10/20/2018

Juvenile White Ibis

White Ibis are brown when they are young, and gradually become mottled, then change to full white.

Juvenile White Ibis
Juvenile White Ibis

Peek-a-boo and see my bright blue eye!

Juvenile White Ibis
Juvenile White Ibis

This gnarly tree that hang over a pond are attractive perches for the Ibis, some taking up a position out in the open.

Juvenile White Ibis
Juvenile White Ibis

A group of six or eight were perched through out this tree, blending in with the yellowish leaves.

Juvenile White Ibis
Juvenile White Ibis