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Visits to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge; 26/27 February 2016

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Savannah – It’s been almost a month since I last visited the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, so I truly enjoyed visiting this past Friday and Saturday. As you’ll notice in some of these photos, some burning has been done and there are also plans to disc some of the impoundments and remove some invasive species plants as well. Since both days were slightly cooler than earlier in the week I wasn’t expecting to see many Alligators, so I was surprised to see 32 on Friday and 29 on Saturday. The tides were still a bit high on both days as well which limited my expectations on wading birds, but there were still plenty of Egrets and Herons around (although many of them weren’t within photo range). Ducks were scarce on both days; I saw a handful of Black Ducks both days and a few Northern Shovelers on Saturday. As usual for this time of year, American Coots were plentiful. The highlight of both days, however, was watching a pair of Raccoons forage across the the road from the Raccoon Island Trail entrance; whatever they were searching for in the low water they were busy at it and didn’t seem to mind us spectating.

Raccoon foraging in low water

Raccoon foraging in low water

Raccoon foraging in low water

Raccoon foraging in low water

Raccoon foraging in low water

Raccoon foraging in low water

Raccoon foraging in low water

Raccoon foraging in low water

Raccoon foraging in low water

Raccoon foraging in low water

Raccoon foraging in low water

Raccoon foraging in low water

Raccoon foraging in low water

Raccoon foraging in low water

Raccoon foraging in low water

Raccoon foraging in low water

Raccoon foraging in low water

Raccoon foraging in low water

Raccoon foraging in low water

Raccoon foraging in low water

This Alligator was lying in a recently burned area between a canal and the roadway

This Alligator was lying in a recently burned area between a canal and the roadway

Alligators enjoying the afternoon sun

Alligators enjoying the afternoon sun

One of the larger Alligators we say on Friday

One of the larger Alligators we say on Friday

Alligators enjoying the afternoon sun

Alligators enjoying the afternoon sun

Alligator enjoying the afternoon sun

Alligator enjoying the afternoon sun

Alligators enjoying the afternoon sun

Alligators enjoying the afternoon sun

One of the larger Alligators we saw on Saturday afternoon

One of the larger Alligators we saw on Saturday afternoon

Another large Alligator from Saturday afternoon's visit

Another large Alligator from Saturday afternoon’s visit

Great Blue Heron in part of a recently burned area at the Savannah NWR

Great Blue Heron in part of a recently burned area at the Savannah NWR

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Black Ducks

Black Ducks

Anhinga

Anhinga

Great Blue Heron in one of the Savannah NWR's recently burned areas

Great Blue Heron in one of the Savannah NWR’s recently burned areas

Great Egret

Great Egret

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret


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