Photos from the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge; 17 July 2017

On Monday, we managed to squeeze in a Savannah National Wildlife Refuge visit between the lines of storms that passed through and it was well worth it. It may have been a gray, stormy day but it turned out to be a good day for watching wildlife. I got a couple of nice Alligator photos and enjoyed watching a Green Heron preen itself and a Clapper Rail preen then hunt Fiddler Crabs at low tide. While watching some Alligators at the first rice gate, however, a USFWS Wildlife Officer stopped and while talking with him, he said that people were starting to feed the Alligators. Folks, please don’t feed the Alligators when you’re visiting the Refuge; it’s illegal because it causes the Alligators to lose their fear of people and that could cause someone to get hurt or killed in an attack.

Green Heron at the Savannah NWR
Green Heron preening at the Savannah NWR
Green Heron preening at the Savannah NWR
Green Heron at the Savannah NWR
It almost seemed that this Alligator was taking in the fragrance of the Lotus flower by its nose.
Clapper Rail preening at the Savannah NWR
Clapper Rail preening at the Savannah NWR
Clapper Rail at the Savannah NWR
Clapper Rail at the Savannah NWR
Clapper Rail hunting for Fiddler Crabs during low tide at the Savannah NWR
Clapper Rail hunting for Fiddler Crabs during low tide at the Savannah NWR
Got one! A Clapper Rail eating a Fiddle Crab at the Savannah NWR
A carpet of Frogbit by the first rice gate on the Savannah NWR’s Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive
This Alligator was hanging around the first rice gate on the Savannah NWR’s Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive; it’s probably one of the ones that the Wildlife Officer said was being fed.

 

A side note for the Avgeeks among my readers: while we were visiting the refuge, I was surprised to see and hear some F-22s depart Savannah IAP. Based on what I could hear with the mobile radios and later from home between the storms, it appears that a second Sentry Savannah exercise of the year is underway.

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