We stopped off at Jarvis Park one day while the Bossman was golfing. Hoping to see alligators, but it was a bird type of day. So many of them! I loved it.
These three are an Anhinga. They are common in fresh-water swamps, ponds, and lakes where it spears fish. Often swims with only head and neck exposed. Long straight bill,long tail and white wing and back plumes differentiate it from cormorants. Usually seen singly, but may soar very high in flocks. He sat with his wings out drying like a cormorant.
Here’s a video I shot of the Heron preening himself. I kept hoping he would stretch his wings or walk, but he didn’t.
But this guy was lurking within feet of Mr. Heron!! Must not have been hungry.
Lots of turtles too…
We stopped back by the park another day to see if the gators were out and we hit the jackpot. Saw six of them! Bossman got a little to close for my comfort! I kept yelling at him to stay back, but he’s a man!
On the other side of the pond there was a baby laying in the shallow edge of the water and Shelley throw a pine cone near it trying to make it move and it snapped back fast as lightning and grabbed that cone! Didn’t get a pic of it though. There were a few others laying out in the sun besides these 2 guys I posted pics of. Bossman sees them on the golf course all the time in Hilton Head.