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Photos from the Savannah NWR; 17 May 2014

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After being out of town for a week, I visited the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday morning and enjoyed a drive around the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive as well as several of the refuge’s trails.  For those going to see alligators, there may be a bit of a disappointment as the water levels in many areas at the refuge are still quite high.  The water level in the diversion canal has covered much of the banks where you can normally see alligators out sunning so you have to look for them in the water and sometimes hidden among the grass on high spots.  Although the migratory birds are gone, there are still plenty of herons, egrets, and anhingas to see.

Snowy Egret hunting for breakfast

Snowy Egret hunting for breakfast

Anhinga in flight

Anhinga in flight

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Green Heron; it took some sneaking up to get this photo.

Green Heron; it took some sneaking up to get this photo.

Alligator with just its eyes and snout above the surface

Alligator with just its eyes and snout above the surface

Tricolored Heron with its breakfast; this photo was taken on one of the dikes (though not a very high one), the water level here was enough to pond on top of it.

Tricolored Heron with its breakfast; this photo was taken on one of the dikes (though not a very high one), the water level here was enough to pond on top of it.

Alligator floating a little higher than the last one was.

Alligator floating a little higher than the last one was.

Two alligators floating in the canal along the Raccoon Island Trail

Two alligators floating in the canal along the Raccoon Island Trail

This Tricolored Heron...

This Tricolored Heron…

took off from it's perch...

took off from it’s perch…

and landed among the grass along the Raccoon Island Trail.

and landed among the grass along the Raccoon Island Trail.

Large alligator sunning on the bank across a canal from the Raccoon Island Trail

Large alligator sunning on the bank across a canal from the Raccoon Island Trail

If you think this Cattle Egret's neck is a bit large, you're right, it just swallowed a frog

If you think this Cattle Egret’s neck is a bit large, you’re right, it just swallowed a frog

Just as I clicked the shutter button, this Cattle Egret decided to take off

Just as I clicked the shutter button, this Cattle Egret decided to take off

With the high water levels this is an example of some of the spots you have to look for alligators on

With the high water levels this is an example of some of the spots you have to look for alligators on

A large alligator sunning just out of the water

A large alligator sunning just out of the water


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