There still wasn’t much color around the pond from the trees or other vegetation. But the water was still making lovely reflections. The birds in the bigger island trees are mostly Cormorants with a few Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons sprinkled in.
Taken 2/12/2018 with the Sony Alpha 6500, 18-105 Lens, Processed in Lightroom and NIK Color FX Pro 4.
Another small bird in poor light, but a nice silhouette with the dried berry in his beak. I thought he might stay to eat more but moved into a tree with more cover. Maybe that dried berry wasn’t satisfying.
There are small numbers of Teals, mostly Blue-winged, at the pond and there is plenty of duck weed to keep them fed. This pair decided to try the other end of the pond and took a low flight to get there.
Blue-winged TealsThe white line on the far shoreline is ice, the final remnant of our snow storm and cold snap.
This nest didn’t require as much updating to get ready for this years’ nesting season. It’s position in the V of solid tree branches may have helped it survive the summer and fall storms with more of its bulk intact. It’s always surprising how flimsy some of the successful nests look.
This was one of the first nests with serious Great Blue Heron activity a few weeks ago and now there is just a lot of waiting.
I’ve heard stories and read articles about South Carolina’s wild pigs, especially about how destructive they can be and how their population has exploded since the 1980s. Depending on the source they may be referred to as hogs or boars. This is the first one I’ve seen and in quite an unexpected spot: a canal at the edge of an old rice field where I’ve often photographed egrets, herons and alligators.
There is still a little snow around the edges of the ponds, some of the non-moving water is frozen over and the dense grass areas have ice in them. This may have been the best watering spot he could find, even with the mud.
He sauntered away–I’m not sure he could have run if he needed to, being up to his knees in that mud.