While I was in Savannah this time, I made two visits to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. Both days saw overcast and rain as well as the well over normal temperatures we’ve had in the area for the last couple of weeks. The rain definitely seemed to reduce the amount of wildlife to be seen, although I didn’t have the opportunity this time to walk any of the trails so I don’t know what was hiding “off of the beaten path.” Additionally, one of the interior impoundments is still drained and waiting to be burned, taking away one of the great spots to see some of the migratory waterfowl.
I visited on the 28th with my parents, so we were there later in the day rather than my usual earlier morning visits. The tide was high, so there weren’t many wading birds in easy camera range at some of my favorite spots. We saw eight alligators total, including two large ones that were laid out on dry spots in the drained impoundment. The best bird photo I got was of two cormorants perched in a tree over the Diversion Canal.
On this trip, I also used my Samsung Note 4 to take some video of part of the wildlife drive. It isn’t very steady and there’s a lot of wind noise, but the first part of the video was taken at one of my favorite spots for photographing wading birds (unfortunately none were there because the tide was high).
My visit on the 29th was earlier in the morning, but it was book-ended by showers and increasing overcast. During the first half of the wildlife drive, I saw a number of small to medium sized alligators and some wading birds feeding as the tide was rising at one of my favorite spots. The overcast definitely effected photography, making it hard to get good exposures on darker birds at times.