Recent Visits to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Over the last week or so, the weather hasn’t been conducive to good photography and I was under the weather, so Tuesday was the first good trip I’ve had to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge in awhile. Although the morning was foggy, the fog burned off by lunchtime and there were some clear skies and warm temperatures in the afternoon. Before going to the refuge, I visited Bluff Drive on Isle of Hope and saw some Hooded Mergansers, Brown Pelicans, and Cormorants. At the refuge, there were still some migratory waterfowl around including Blue Winged Teal, Northern Shovlers, and Ring-necked Ducks. The warm temperatures yielded more Alligators and turtles than I’ve seen in months – 21 alligators and 18 turtles!

Male Hooded Mergansers off of Bluff Drive on Isle of Hope
Male Hooded Mergansers off of Bluff Drive on Isle of Hope
Brown Pelican on a piling near Bluff Drive on Isle of Hope
Brown Pelican on a piling near Bluff Drive on Isle of Hope
Cormorant and Brown Pelicans on a dock along Bluff Drive in Isle of Hope
Cormorant and Brown Pelicans on a dock along Bluff Drive in Isle of Hope
Male Northern Shoveler at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Male Northern Shoveler at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Male and Female Blue Winged Teal, the male flapping his wings showing the name sake blue patches on his wings
Male and Female Blue Winged Teal, the male flapping his wings showing the name sake blue patches on his wings
Teal butts... A pair of Blue Winged Teal feeding at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Teal butts… A pair of Blue Winged Teal feeding at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Alligator at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Alligator at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Great Blue Heron at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Great Blue Heron at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Alligator at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Alligator at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Alligator at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, reddish color is dried silt from the diversion canal
Alligator at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, reddish color is dried silt from the diversion canal
Turtle at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Turtle at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Male Blue Winged Teal at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Male Blue Winged Teal at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Female Blue Winged Teal at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Female Blue Winged Teal at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Young alligators at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge enjoying the sun after a week of rain and chilly temperatures
Young alligators at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge enjoying the sun after a week of rain and chilly temperatures
A large turtle and a young alligator sharing a log at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
A large turtle and a young alligator sharing a log at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Female and male Ring-necked Ducks at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Female and male Ring-necked Ducks at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Great Blue Heron at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Great Blue Heron at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Alligator at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, reddish color is dried silt from the diversion canal
Alligator at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, reddish color is dried silt from the diversion canal
Alligator at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Alligator at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Immature Cooper's Hawk at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Immature Cooper’s Hawk at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge visit was about a week and a half before.

About a week and a half before I visited the refuge while still getting over whatever kind of bug I picked up. Despite not feeling all that well I still got some decent photos of some the usual suspects suck as herons and egrets, migratory waterfowl such as Ring-necks and Shovelers, as well as some White Ibis which have been hanging around the refuge in larger numbers in recent weeks. I also saw an adult Cooper’s Hawk in a location not far from where I saw the immature one above.

Killdeer at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Killdeer at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Northern Shoveler at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Northern Shoveler at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Female Ring-necked Ducks at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Female Ring-necked Ducks at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
A pair of Ring-necked Ducks at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
A pair of Ring-necked Ducks at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Snowy Egret and female Ring-necked Ducks at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Snowy Egret and female Ring-necked Ducks at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
White Ibis at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
White Ibis at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
White Ibis at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
White Ibis at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
White Ibis at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
White Ibis at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Great Blue Heron at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Great Blue Heron at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Great Blue Heron at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Great Blue Heron at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Tri Colored Heron at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Tri Colored Heron at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Juvenile Little Blue Heron at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Juvenile Little Blue Heron at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Male Ring-necked Ducks at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Male Ring-necked Ducks at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Cooper's Hawk at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Cooper’s Hawk at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

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