What? No Grits?!?

As a full fledged South Carolina citizen, this egret should surely know that a traditional southern meal is shrimp and grits.

Looks like our good ole boy has passed on the grits this time though and went with the shrimp only.

In all honesty, can’t say as I blame him.:-)

Shrimp No Grits

Shrimp No Grits

Shrimp No Grits

Shrimp No Grits

Rough Breakfast

This morning a young anhinga came up out of the marsh with a decent size fish.

But by the time we saw it, the bird must have really beat up on this poor fish, as it was looking more than a little bit rough around the edges.

The anhinga did however manage to get the fish down that long skinny neck.

As is often the case in this area of the marsh, there are many types of vegetation which can get in the way of photos. But I kind of didn’t mind these because I thought they made sort of interesting and colorful geometric shapes.

Anhinga Beats Up Fish

Anhinga Beats Up Fish

Anhinga Beats Up Fish

Anhinga Beats Up Fish

“Radar” Is Back!

Well the big news over at the marsh this morning was the surprise re-appearance of our pal “Radar” who has been MIA since early Feb. 2015, almost a year and a half ago.

For those that don’t know the story… “Radar” is a great egret that was fitted with a solar powered transmitter and two antennas as part of a tracking program. When he became missing we couldn’t locate any of his original taggers and are not even sure now if anyone is still keeping any track of the boy.

We have been following him for over five years as the earliest photos of him I can find on my files are from Feb. 2011.

So where has he been for all this time?!? We heard reports that he was spotted at one point early this Spring in a nearby rookery so if that’s the case then he found himself a girlfriend.

But that never previously stopped him from returning to the marsh where he was always Head Egret In Charge. “Radar” even stood up to the alligators and even they seemed to recognize and respect his authority.

So we hope he sticks around for a while, but he is going to have some work to do getting all the other birds in line now that the sheriff is back in town! :-)

Radar Is Back

Radar Is Back

Radar Is Back

How Rude!

What? You thought I meant the egret unceremoniously gulping a fish this morning in the marsh?!?

No, I’m talking about the weeds that unexpectedly jumped out at me creating an unsightly green blob in the bottom ride side of my picture.

The fish? Well, we all know how that goes…

How Rude

Standoff

An alligator was sneaking around in the marsh yesterday morning trying to intimidate a little snowy egret as a wood stork solemnly stood watch.

Soon the wood stork had some friends arrive, but so did the alligator. It all eventually ended as a stalemate once the alligators slunk off and the wood storks went back about their usual business of fishing and fussing with each other.

Sneaky Alligator Gets Help

Sneaky Alligator Gets Help

 

Summer Arrivals

Well the wood storks have finally been showing up at the marsh in the past couple of weeks. They seem to arrive in small groups or even sometimes as singles.

This past weekend we had an early morning meeting which quickly broke up as they flew off and went about their business for the day.

Wood Storks Begin Arriving

Wood Storks Begin Arriving

Tweener Hard At Work

Early this morning we had a ‘tweener’ out grabbing some breakfast in the marsh.

The ‘tweener’ is one of my all time favorite bird phases. This is a little blue heron that is transitioning from an all white juvenile to a mostly all blue (with a touch of maroon) adult.

These birds are always fun with their varied, almost checkerboard sections of blue and grey randomly placed throughout their body.

This little guy caught himself a little snack after a very stealthy approach with an impressive technique. He must have been paying attention when his mom was teaching minnow snatching.:-)

Tweener Hard At Work

Tweener Hard At Work

Tweener Hard At Work

Tweener Hard At Work

Sleeping? Or Just Resting?

On an early morning one day last week I saw our good buddy casually resting his chin on the pathway. I wasn’t sure if he was napping or just resting up for a big journey.

Well, it turned out he was indeed planning on a trip, albeit a short one. This paved path separates the marsh pond from the swamp and our boy was indeed headed for the swamp, no doubt to locate a nap spot. I know napping had to be part of his plan.:-)

Alligator Heads For The Swamp

Alligator Heads For The Swamp

 

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