S: JudyBirdGirl Wildlife Photography By Judy Johnson
BC: I hope you enjoyed this view of some of the wildlife of the low country of Georgia. I leave you with a parting shot of what I call the Yoga Tree - Warrior Pose? Judy Johnson 2012
FC: JudyBirdGirl Wildlife Photography
1: Savannah National Wildlife Refuge - what a special place! My own personal refuge to escape to the amazing world of nature and wildlife. | This day I happened upon a Great Egret just as he caught a little snack!
2: What an incredible view of this magnificent bird! I love how the light defines the artistry of his wingspan and each brilliant feather!
3: A little wing stretch after preening. | One of my favorite birds is the Great Blue Heron! Caught this one in the early morning light.
4: One of my most exciting moments at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge was finding the nest of Great Horned Owls. They raised one baby. He was incredibly beautiful! Below he is "branching" as he prepares for flight while Mom watches.
5: To the left is my first sighting of him after he left the nest. The next morning I found him posing in camouflage.
6: And here we have a Snowy Egret (and his reflection) taking a pause from preening - note the feather hanging from his beak. His distinctive feature is his bright yellow footwear!
7: This Little Blue Heron shines a brilliant blue! As an immature bird, he is white with greenish legs. As he changes to his adult plumage, he goes through a surprising tie-dyed stage of mottled blue and white - a colorful wonder to see!
8: The Green Heron (Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge) is a sleek hunter. How did he miss that bug below?
9: Look how his neck extends as he zeros in on his prey!
10: One of our coolest winter visitors is the Hooded Merganser. These photos were taken on Skidaway Island at The Landings.
11: A Loggerhead Shrike enjoying a tasty dragonfly meal! Take a close look at that dangerous beak!
12: A day at Tybee Beach always brings beautiful sights! | Above Royal Tern on the left and Caspian Tern on the right. Below are Royal Terns. All in their winter plumage.
13: Who's in the center? Caspian or Royal with Sandwich Terns on the left with the yellow tips on beak.
14: I was lucky enough to have a Red Shouldered Hawk nest right across from my yard! Two little bobbleheads transformed into beautiful hawks.
15: Red Shouldered Hawk parent to the left. Below is his/her juvenile. | This parent raised two hawks alone. Quite a feat!
16: Our simply incredible Painted Bunting! This male is stunning in his tropical coat of many colors. The female is beautiful too in a coat of shimmery green. Their return is the highlight of spring!
17: Great Egret awaits the arrival of the tide and the little fishes that it brings.
18: Raccoons take advantage of our offerings for the birds. If you look closely into the marsh you will see a myriad of raccoon trails.
19: These baby raccoons peer down at the strange human. Often in the spring and summer you will see raccoons out during the day - they are likely Moms out hunting because they don't want to leave their babies at night when predators abound.
20: And now a preview of my upcoming story of the 2011 Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagles. My first season brought both tragedy and joy! | NZ | NX
21: NV | Mama Norfolk Memorial weekend with my new eagle friends! | Like a scene from a movie Dad shows up!