Sunday, March 17, 2013

Swamp Fever

Howdee all,

When visiting Magnolia Plantation the other day we paid an extra 8 dollars for entry into …

The Swamp.

After entering the code the gate opens…

Oh OH….that did it!

I got the Feva!

Magnolia Plantation_556Immediately we see birds..

Magnolia Plantation_234Blue-winged TealMagnolia Plantation_236

Magnolia Plantation_314Green-winged Teal

Magnolia Plantation_233We walk the boardwalk..

Magnolia Plantation_257 I was tempted to jump off and walk on the lush green carpet..

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Its beautiful!

Magnolia Plantation_259As we walk we notice planks of wood coming out of water at an angle..some unoccupied..

Others with alligator

Most of them are shared by both..

Magnolia Plantation_245Turtles and  alligator..

Magnolia Plantation_453I thought this was funny..

Alligator head to head with two turtle.

Magnolia Plantation_348We did see many turtles here....

Usually covered in duckweed

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We continue to follow the boardwalk..

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Green all around us..

Magnolia Plantation_285The trail is on and off between boardwalk and pathways..…

Magnolia Plantation_312There are a few odd trees here..

This one chews on its name tag..

Magnolia Plantation_276A helpful tree..

holding its name card..…

Magnolia Plantation_278Wild Wood heart..

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more lush duck weed

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Canada Geese

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There are areas that have very little duckweed…

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Magnolia Plantation_365And…

More birds..

Blue-winged Teal

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Little Blue Heron

Magnolia Plantation_364Great Blue Heron..

Magnolia Plantation_521White Ibis

Magnolia Plantation_379Great Egret..

Magnolia Plantation_320We take the tram road and at the very end of the pond we see..

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Wood Duck..

Mom with her little ones..

Magnolia Plantation_399Mr. Wood Duck

Magnolia Plantation_407several gators around..

Watch out little Wood duck!..

Magnolia Plantation_413We loop back to a rookery....

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this one holds Great Egrets..

Magnolia Plantation_333Large twig nests..

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A Great Egret crosses the path in front on me..

Magnolia Plantation_430See the tree in the middle of the lake?

Look closely..

Magnolia Plantation_458Another rookery…

This one has Great Blue Heron…

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an Anhinga..look at that eye shadow!..

Magnolia Plantation_442We continue on..

Magnolia Plantation_485We hear and then see a White-eyed Vireo

and luckily it was close enough for me to snag a photo

Magnolia Plantation_471On a bit further we look up and see a rookery high in the top of a tree.

Nests arranged in a circle..

Magnolia Plantation_494A sweet little critter basks on the boardwalk..

Magnolia Plantation_503While above..

A Red-shoulder Hawk searches for dinner..

Magnolia Plantation_518Its getting toward closing time…

we head back, past the green duck weed carpet..

Magnolia Plantation_530Past the Teal..

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The swamp and park closes at five thirty..

Much too early..

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I wanted to stay till dark..

Magnolia Plantation_560To watch the birds..

Magnolia Plantation_563I had swamp fever..

Magnolia Plantation_579Springtime..

Magnolia Plantation_489In the swamp..

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Birds of the Day

  Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
White Ibis
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
American Coot
Wilson's Snipe
Rock Pigeon
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
White-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Parula
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Boat-tailed Grackle
American Goldfinch
Common Gallinule

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