Springtime Pilgrimage

Every spring I try to get out to the Magnolia Plantation Swamp Garden a number of times to restock my swamp creatures image library. I try to start early in the year as the Great Blue Heron’s begin claiming nesting sites as early as January and February. Next are the Great Egrets and Anhingas followed by the Little Blues, Snowy Egrets and others. I was just out last week and the swamp was alive. Gators, big and small, were roaming the ponds, a few last teal were still on the water and the sounds of wading birds nesting filled the pollen clouded air.

A young gator dangerously crosses an open stretch of water

A young gator dangerously crosses an open stretch of water

A Great Blue Heron watches over its nest, a tiring job

A Great Blue Heron watches over its nest, a tiring job

Green Heron at the Swamp Garden

Green Heron at the Swamp Garden

A gator approaches a little too close for comfort to this pair of Blue-Winged Teal

Time to go!
Time to go!
Great Blue Heron Closeup

Great Blue Heron Closeup

A Great Egret works on its nest at the Magnolia Plantation Swamp Garden

A Great Egret works on its nest at the Magnolia Plantation Swamp Garden

A lit up cattle egret takes a break from hunting in the swamp

A lit up cattle egret takes a break from hunting in the swamp

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