Okefenokee Journal 3/10/15 - Green Heron Surprise

Okefenokee Journal from Tuesday, March 10, 2015; 4:13 PM - After pitching camp in the Stephen C Foster State Park campground, the game with my daughter was to see who would spot our first alligator. So we headed down the Trembling Earth Nature Trail and onto the boardwalk that heads into the swamp. On our way, two woodpeckers chased each other, spiraling around and through the trees; a doe and fawn casually fed on the grass near the cabins, and a Green Anole darted across our path.

Green Heron Okefenokee Swamp
© Photographer: William Wise | iNat Observaton: 29932812

Near the back of the trail loop, a spur of the boardwalk heads 2,000 feet out into the standing water of the swamp. Underneath lies 2 to 3 feet of dark tinted water, but very clear to the bottom, revealing submerged debris, logs, grasses and vegetation. As we neared the mid-point of the boardwalk, a Green Heron burst aloft between the bushes on my left and stopped on a limb to check out the intruders. An agitated rooster-like crown covered his head but then smoothed back as he settled on a perch; beautiful, shimmering, iridescent shades of blue, green, and tan. To my daughter’s dismay (she was ready to see what lie up ahead), I stayed with the heron for at least ten minutes, following him from perch to perch, waiting for the opportune “Kodak moment.”

~ Want to explore the great Okefenokee Swamp? Join the Okefenokee Photography Project here on iNaturalist! and follow the Okefenokee Photography Blog at https://okefenokee.photography/. Thanks! William

Lähettänyt williamwisephoto williamwisephoto, 10. syyskuuta 2020 10:04

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