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.