Savannah – Savannah National Wildlife Refuge visits over the last few weeks have been rather disappointing, but yesterday’s visit was the best I’ve had in several months. The marsh grass is beginning to turn brown and the leaves on some of the hardwoods are beginning to turn and fall; Autumn is approaching. The result is that some of the views are coming back. With the low water in the interior, a lot of vegetation grew up along the canal banks making it hard to see what was in the canals and with the approach of Autumn it is beginning to die off. Refuge personnel are also cutting down brush and some scrub growth to improve sight lines in some areas. I also noticed that the area between the wildlife drive and the Savannah River has been flooded now for migratory waterfowl season.
Savannah NWR personnel cutting back brush to improve sight lines on the refuge’s wildlife drive
Leaves on the hardwoods at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge are beginning to turn and fall; it’s mid October and Autumn is here
For today’s visit, the skies were blue and the sun bright instead of the dull dreary skies that plagued my last few visits. The numbers weren’t large but they were more varied than my last few visits: 13 Alligators, some Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Glossy Ibis, Anhingas, Killdeer, and Pied Billed Grebes. I may have saw a Northern Harrier but I’m not 100% sure on that bird’s ID.
Alligator sunning along a canal bank at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Anhinga perched on a limb and drying its wings at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
A Killdeer along the road at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge; this is the best Killdeer photo I’ve ever taken – I even got its eye ring!
Large alligator sunning along a canal bank at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Glossy Ibis along the side of the wildlife drive with some Cattle Egrets. It wouldn’t let me much closer and the sun angle was wrong so it isn’t the world’s best photo.
Great Egret hunting in an area of the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge recently flooded for migratory waterfowl season
Alligator cruising up the Diversion Canal at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Alligator camouflaged in a clump of grass floating down the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge’s Diversion Canal
An alligator floating in the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge’s Diversion Canal, just the head above the surface, before it…
Rose up and swam up the canal