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Savannah NWR; 11 March 2014

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Savannah – Yesterday I took a short trip out to the Savannah NWR, just driving around the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive instead of getting out and walking the trails some.  It was still a fun visit with plenty to see.  Anhingas, Blue Winged Teal, Coots, Gallinules, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Northern Shovelers, and Pied Billed Grebes were aplenty as were alligators and turtles.  I counted 18 alligators along the driver, most of them fairly good sized unlike the multitude of small ones seen at Harris Neck recently.  I particularly enjoyed one stretch of the drive where Blue Winged Teal and Northern Shovelers were feeding at the waters edge right near the road and stayed around as I parked above them and took photos.

Two alligators on the bank of small island.

Two alligators on the bank of small island.

Another angle of the most visible alligator from the previous photo.

Another angle of the most visible alligator from the previous photo.

Small Yellow Bellied Slider

Small Yellow Bellied Slider

Male and female Blue Winged Teal

Male and female Blue Winged Teal

Male Blue Winged Teal

Male Blue Winged Teal

Female Blue Winged Teal

Female Blue Winged Teal

Female and male Norther Shovelers

Female and male Norther Shovelers

Male Northern Shoveler

Male Northern Shoveler

Female Northern Shoveler

Female Northern Shoveler

Alligator out sunning along the bank of a small island

Alligator out sunning along the bank of a small island

Anhinga in the foreground, airliner landing at Savannah IAP in the background.

Anhinga in the foreground, airliner landing at Savannah IAP in the background.

Alligator swimming along the diversion canal.

Alligator swimming along the diversion canal.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

American Coot

American Coot

Purple Grackle on top of sign warning visitors not to feed the Alligators

Purple Grackle on top of sign warning visitors not to feed the Alligators

Yellow Bellied Slider in the "Turtle Hole"

Yellow Bellied Slider in the “Turtle Hole”

A smaller Yellow Bellied Slider joins the larger one from the previous photo

A smaller Yellow Bellied Slider joins the larger one from the previous photo

Small Alligator sunning on a log in the "Turtle Hole"

Small Alligator sunning on a log in the “Turtle Hole”

Great Egret

Great Egret

Two Alligators sunning on the bank of the diversion canal

Two Alligators sunning on the bank of the diversion canal

Alligator sunning on the bank of a small island

Alligator sunning on the bank of a small island

Alligator and turtle

Alligator and turtle


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