The Audubon Swamp Garden on the grounds of Magnolia Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina is a 60 acre cypress and tupelo swamp. In the past the swamp served as a reservoir for the plantation’s rice cultivation. Now it is an interesting and easy Swamp to walk through on the trails and raised boardwalks to get some interesting images. For Wildlife we mostly saw a variety of birds and quite a few alligators on this visit. Most of the birds we saw were quite far out so even shooting @ 600mm I had to crop the images some. But it was still a Great area to photograph and to just see as we were walking through the Swamp Garden. The landscapes & cloudscapes in the swamp were very interesting also, but that will be a different post.
I was going through backup Hard Drives, cleaning up files I do not need and found these images of an Immature Little Green Heron in the trees near it’s nest. These were from The Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, NJ in 2007. I was using a Canon 1D mkIII with a 400mm DO lens with a Canon 2X Teleconverter, giving me 800mm to help fill the frame with the immature Little Green Heron. It was fun to get some frame filling images of this immature Little Green Heron. Usually they are very timid and not out in the open.
We found this Green Heron foraging for a meal early in the morning at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel, Florida. It was very focused on something in the water and hardly moved for quite a while. I guess what it was staring at disappeared and then it relaxed it’s stance and moved on. Also nearby was an immature Black-crowned Night-Heron. It was fun to see the 2 small herons close to each other. Because of the wide range of smaller photo subjects and the distance to them at J.N. Ding Darling, I usually use here a 400mm D.O. lens, with a 1.4x teleconverter on a Canon 7D. (Full Frame field of view equivalent ~896mm)
I am going through backup hard drives, cleaning out files I do not need to make more space for future projects. Also I can use some images for posting here. These were from a few years ago at a local Nature area we used to go to that was close to our old home. While I was photographing the Heron, it did not have much luck for a meal. But it did get a dragonfly.
Still going through files from the archives, getting images I overlooked. Here are some more Little Green Herons from the Celery Farm Natural Area. There used to be quite a few Little Green Herons there, but this year they were definitely down in numbers. They were still present, but the numerous presence of Greenies that used to be there was definitely missing. And they were definitely more distant than previous years.
Little Green Heron Eyeing Dragonflies for a Meal. Canon EOS1D MkIII, Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS lens, w/ Canon 1.4X Teleconverter, f/10, 1/640, ISO 500. Featured Image – Canon EOS 1D MkIII, Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS lens, Canon 2X Teleconverter, f/14 to help crispen up lens with 2X Teleconverter, 1/80 sec., -1 exp. comp., ISO 400.
This Little Green Heron flew across the Lake into the tree across from me. There were2 other Greenies there already. When the third one landed they started interacting with each other giving me some interesting photos. This lasted for a few minutes until the one heron flew off.