Photos from the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge; 22 May 2015

Yesterday was a great day for visiting the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge; the temperature was perfect, the humidity was low in the morning, and the skies were just cloudy enough to cut down glare but still have plenty of wonderful sunlight for photos. It turned out to be a great day for photographing one of my favorite birds – the Red Winged Blackbird. They usually don’t stay in one place long enough to photograph, but yesterday they seemed to be practically modeling for their photos! There are also plenty of common Gallinule families to see, over the last few visits it hasn’t been unusual to see both parents as well as 3 or 4 chicks. Yesterday I got to see one of the parents feeding some of the chicks.

Clapper Rail
Clapper Rail
Great Blue Heron hunting for breakfast...
Great Blue Heron hunting for breakfast…
...but it came up with a stick
…but it came up with a stick
Red Winged Blackbird
Red Winged Blackbird
Great Blue Heron caught mid-strike
Great Blue Heron caught mid-strike
Red Winged Blackbird (and a spiderweb)
Red Winged Blackbird (and a spiderweb)
Young Alligator
Young Alligator
Red Winged Blackbird
Red Winged Blackbird
Red Winged Blackbird
Red Winged Blackbird
Red Winged Blackbird
Red Winged Blackbird
It was fun watching this Red Winged Blackbird looking under the edges of the lily pads for a meal
It was fun watching this Red Winged Blackbird looking under the edges of the lily pads for a meal
Red Winged Blackbird jumping between lily pads
Red Winged Blackbird jumping between lily pads
Red Winged Blackbird
Red Winged Blackbird
Common Gallinule and chick
Common Gallinule and chick
Feeding time for the Common Gallinule young
Feeding time for the Common Gallinule young
Feeding time for the Common Gallinule young
Feeding time for the Common Gallinule young
Immature Red Winged Blackbird
Immature Red Winged Blackbird
Common Gallinule and chick
Common Gallinule and chick
Small Alligator
Small Alligator
Small Alligator
Small Alligator
PUrple Gallinule
PUrple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule
Small Alligator
Small Alligator
Great Blue Heron perched in the top of a tree
Great Blue Heron perched in the top of a tree

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