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Savannah NWR Visits; 23 and 25 January 2016

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It’s been a couple of weeks since I visited the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, so even though the weather was dismal on Saturday, I made an afternoon trip centered around low tide anyway. The “feels like” temperature was in the 30s and the skies were cloudy but the sun was beginning to try to break through. Not surprisingly, it was not a good day for alligator or turtle sightings, but it did turn out to be a decent day for bird sightings. Glossy Ibis were out feeding, female Anhingas were in abundance, there were a few Great Blue Herons out and about, plenty of Northern Shovelers and Blue Wing Teal were in the flooded impoundments, and there was the usual abundance of American Coots. I even saw my first Green Wing Teal of the winter.

Glossy Ibis feeding at the edge of one of the Savannah NWR's canals

Glossy Ibis feeding at the edge of one of the Savannah NWR’s canals

Female Anhinga

Female Anhinga

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Duck butts! Northern Shovelers, Blue Wing Teal, and Green Wing Teal feeding in one of the Savannah NWR's flooded impoundments

Duck butts! Northern Shovelers, Blue Wing Teal, and Green Wing Teal feeding in one of the Savannah NWR’s flooded impoundments

American Coot

American Coot

A headless Anhinga!

A headless Anhinga!

Not really, it just had it's head against its back trying to stay out of the wind

Not really, it just had it’s head against its back trying to stay out of the wind

Monday afternoon’s weather around low tide was much better than Saturday’s, so I made another trip to the refuge and it turned out to be a good one. The temperature was pleasant and there was some wonderful golden late afternoon sun for lighting. Once again, there were plenty of Anhingas to be seen and a lot of Blue Wing Teal and Northern Shovelers. Both mature and immature Little Blue Herons were plentiful and several Great Blue Herons were feeding in the tidal canals and flooded impoundments. Killdeer were also seen along the edges of the canals in several areas. It was a somewhat better day for alligator sightings (we saw 3 including one very large one) and turtles (we saw about 6 enjoying the late afternoon sun). What really made the day was getting to see a Northern Harrier enjoying a late afternoon meal on a log; in the next to last photo below, you can just see the white patch at the base of it’s tail between its wings as she bends down to take a bite.

Turtles taking in the afternoon sun

Turtles taking in the afternoon sun

Female Anhinga drying her wings

Female Anhinga drying her wings

Killdeer along one of the Savannah NWR's canals

Killdeer along one of the Savannah NWR’s canals

Male Northern Shovelers

Male Northern Shovelers

Great Blue Heron and Little Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron and Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron fishing in one of the Savannah NWR's canals

Little Blue Heron fishing in one of the Savannah NWR’s canals

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron along one of the Savannah NWR's canals

Little Blue Heron along one of the Savannah NWR’s canals

Snowy Egret fishing in one of the Savannah NWR's canals

Snowy Egret fishing in one of the Savannah NWR’s canals

A very large alligator taking in the afternoon sun along one of the Savannah NWR's canals

A very large alligator taking in the afternoon sun along one of the Savannah NWR’s canals

Blue Wing Teal

Blue Wing Teal

Female Northern Harrier having a meal on a log

Female Northern Harrier having a meal on a log

A pair of Blue Wing Teal

A pair of Blue Wing Teal


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