Savannah National Wildlife Refuge; 30 December 2014

Savannah – After a late breakfast on Tuesday, I visited the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge with my parents. Unlike my visit to Harris Neck NWR on Saturday, Tuesday’s weather was dreary. It was alternately misty and raining. In addition to the wet conditions, the temperatures were beginning to fall, so we just drove through the wildlife drive instead of walking some of the trails. Despite the weather, it turned out to be a good visit. It’s said that rainy weather is good weather for the ducks and that seemed to hold true yesterday! The Blue and Green Winged Teal were out in force, as well as Northern Shovelers and the multitudes of American Coots. Some Ruddy Ducks were also out and relatively close for some decent photos. We also saw some juvenile White Ibis, only one Great Blue Heron (which flew off before I could get a photo), some Snowy Egrets, a young Tricolored Heron (I usually don’t see as many Tricolors at Savannah NWR as I do at Harris Neck NWR), a young Great Egret, a young Little Blue Heron, some Anhingas, and some Cormorants. The second rainy Savannah NWR visit in a row also yielded another American Bittern sighting. Not surprisingly, with the temperatures falling we only saw one Alligator but we did see three turtles out on a log in the “turtle hole” about 3/4 of the way along the wildlife drive.

Juvenile White Ibis feeding along the entrance to the Savannah NWR Wildlife Drive
Juvenile White Ibis feeding along the entrance to the Savannah NWR Wildlife Drive
Ruddy Ducks swimming along one of Savannah NWR's canals
Ruddy Ducks swimming along one of Savannah NWR’s canals
Northern Shoveler
Northern Shoveler
Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret
Ruddy Duck swimming along next to Savannah NWR's Wildlife Drive
Ruddy Duck swimming along next to Savannah NWR’s Wildlife Drive
This Cardinal really popped against the brown winter grass - it was an eye catching sight
This Cardinal really popped against the brown winter grass – it was an eye catching sight
Another rainy day yielded another American Bittern sighting!
Another rainy day yielded another American Bittern sighting!
American Bittern foraging along Savannah NWR's wildlife drive
American Bittern foraging along Savannah NWR’s wildlife drive
Young Great Egret foraging along Savannah NWR's wildlife drive
Young Great Egret foraging along Savannah NWR’s wildlife drive
A trio of turtles on a log; I wouldn't say they were sunning because it wasn't close to being sunny!
A trio of turtles on a log; I wouldn’t say they were sunning because it wasn’t close to being sunny!
The smaller of the three turtles
The smaller of the three turtles
The larger of the three turtles and the only one facing the road; he was apparently the "lookout"
The larger of the three turtles and the only one facing the road; he was apparently the “lookout”
Young Little Blue Heron foraging along the Savannah NWR wildlife drive
Young Little Blue Heron foraging along the Savannah NWR wildlife drive
Young Tricolored Heron foraging along the Savannah NWR wildlife drive.
Young Tricolored Heron foraging along the Savannah NWR wildlife drive.
Ruddy Ducks and an American Coot
Ruddy Ducks and an American Coot
Female Anhinga
Female Anhinga

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