Winter at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Savannah – We haven’t had much cold weather so far this Winter, but the season has brought the leaves down from the trees and the tall grass has died back a bit making it easier to find and see wildlife. A few days off from work gave me the opportunity to make three visits to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge over the last few days; two of those visits were simply extraordinary, providing the opportunity to get quite close with a Cooper’s Hawk and a Red Shouldered Hawk.

Immature Cooper's Hawk - We couldn't believe it let four of us gt this close to it as it sat perched on a gate post.
Immature Cooper’s Hawk – We couldn’t believe it let four of us gt this close to it as it sat perched on a gate post.

 

Immature Cooper's Hawk
Immature Cooper’s Hawk
Immature Cooper's Hawk - At times, I think it was just as interested in us as we were in it!
Immature Cooper’s Hawk – At times, I think it was just as interested in us as we were in it!
Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Male Cardinal
Male Cardinal
Large Alligator lying in the grass and covered with vegetation - practicing camouflage?
Large Alligator lying in the grass and covered with vegetation – practicing camouflage?
Turtle basking in the sun
Turtle basking in the sun
This large Alligator kept a sharp eye on us as we photographed it.
This large Alligator kept a sharp eye on us as we photographed it.
That same Alligator lying quite close to the road
That same Alligator lying quite close to the road
Great Blue Heron perched on a limb above the Refuge's diversion canal.
Great Blue Heron perched on a limb above the Refuge’s diversion canal.
Red Shouldered Hawk
Red Shouldered Hawk
Red Shouldered Hawk
Red Shouldered Hawk
Red Shouldered Hawk
Red Shouldered Hawk
Snowy Egret hunting/fishing; it would use it's feet to stir up the dirt/silt at the bottom of the water and go after whatever got stirred up.
Snowy Egret hunting/fishing; it would use it’s feet to stir up the dirt/silt at the bottom of the water and go after whatever got stirred up.
Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

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