Visits to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge; 26/27 February 2016

Savannah – It’s been almost a month since I last visited the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, so I truly enjoyed visiting this past Friday and Saturday. As you’ll notice in some of these photos, some burning has been done and there are also plans to disc some of the impoundments and remove some invasive species plants as well. Since both days were slightly cooler than earlier in the week I wasn’t expecting to see many Alligators, so I was surprised to see 32 on Friday and 29 on Saturday. The tides were still a bit high on both days as well which limited my expectations on wading birds, but there were still plenty of Egrets and Herons around (although many of them weren’t within photo range). Ducks were scarce on both days; I saw a handful of Black Ducks both days and a few Northern Shovelers on Saturday. As usual for this time of year, American Coots were plentiful. The highlight of both days, however, was watching a pair of Raccoons forage across the the road from the Raccoon Island Trail entrance; whatever they were searching for in the low water they were busy at it and didn’t seem to mind us spectating.

Raccoon foraging in low water
Raccoon foraging in low water
Raccoon foraging in low water
Raccoon foraging in low water
Raccoon foraging in low water
Raccoon foraging in low water
Raccoon foraging in low water
Raccoon foraging in low water
Raccoon foraging in low water
Raccoon foraging in low water
Raccoon foraging in low water
Raccoon foraging in low water
Raccoon foraging in low water
Raccoon foraging in low water
Raccoon foraging in low water
Raccoon foraging in low water
Raccoon foraging in low water
Raccoon foraging in low water
Raccoon foraging in low water
Raccoon foraging in low water
This Alligator was lying in a recently burned area between a canal and the roadway
This Alligator was lying in a recently burned area between a canal and the roadway
Alligators enjoying the afternoon sun
Alligators enjoying the afternoon sun
One of the larger Alligators we say on Friday
One of the larger Alligators we say on Friday
Alligators enjoying the afternoon sun
Alligators enjoying the afternoon sun
Alligator enjoying the afternoon sun
Alligator enjoying the afternoon sun
Alligators enjoying the afternoon sun
Alligators enjoying the afternoon sun
One of the larger Alligators we saw on Saturday afternoon
One of the larger Alligators we saw on Saturday afternoon
Another large Alligator from Saturday afternoon's visit
Another large Alligator from Saturday afternoon’s visit
Great Blue Heron in part of a recently burned area at the Savannah NWR
Great Blue Heron in part of a recently burned area at the Savannah NWR
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Black Ducks
Black Ducks
Anhinga
Anhinga
Great Blue Heron in one of the Savannah NWR's recently burned areas
Great Blue Heron in one of the Savannah NWR’s recently burned areas
Great Egret
Great Egret
Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

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