Red-billed Oxpeckers on the buffet ridge of a Giraffes back.
The Carmine Bee-eater looking beautiful, even under cloudy skies!
I remember being relatively desensitized to seeing animals like zebra, impala, kudu, waterbuck and giraffe when viewing game. To think that giraffe are now threatened is as mind blowing as is the amount of plastic in the oceans (and the fact that it is now part of some of the fish we eat) . There were dry times when we would n’t see warthog because roots were scarce, but they came back. If things were black and white, they’d be so much easier to solve!
Such a magnificent little bird. The Malachite Kingfisher’s mix of iridescent blues, white and red are striking. This was taken a Sunset Dam in the KNP a few years ago.
I love how much texture and narrative is conveyed in this scene - hoards of White-backed Vultures doing their part in carcass clean-up. I find watching a scene like this almost hypnotic - it seems so foreign, but is it really!?
The constant of a beautiful sunset never gets old.
A Black-bellied Whistling Duck on the left and a Tri-colored Heron on the right enjoying the peace and quiet outside Darien, Georgia.
Knee deep, a Roseate Spoonbill casts a warm reflection as it looks for food. The water looks about as deep as it could be before it would have submerge its head!
Two Roseate Spoonbills foraging in the cover of marsh grass on Jekyll Island.
The expectation of a sunset, the rich green colour of marsh grass and layered textures, air thick with humidity and the promise of an afternoon storm. Evenings on the coast.
A young Blue Jay giving me a quizzical look.
A Wood Stork high up among the Spanish Moss waiting on the sun to set, created an idyllic scene on Jekyll Island, Georgia.
A family of Black-bellied Whistling-ducks enjoys the peace and quiet of an undisturbed marsh near Darien, Georgia.
I didn’t expect to see purple when I first saw these little crabs from a short distance away. I love being surprised by colour - it’s refreshing and uplifting.
Here is the little American Redstart with what looks like a small spider in its’ beak.
A Lowcountry scene from last winter is a gentle reminder to enjoy Autumn to its fullest. With humidity and temperature starting to drop it becomes the perfect time of year to get out and appreciate what the Lowcountry has to offer! The little specks in the trees in the foreground are thousands of swallows. It’s great to watch them swooping over the water catching insects.
Going in! An American Redstart launches itself in one of countless sorties to hunt for insects. This is the little bird I saw in the same location as the Hairy Woodpecker and Black-throated Green Warbler in Greenville, SC. I think they are such beautiful birds!
Norther Mockingbirds are very common around our parts - they fill the air with wonderful song, and as you can see, are very elegant. This particular bird stayed around for a long time, giving me the opportunity to get nice and close. The second shot is from further away, and the third just for fun.