Okefenokee Swamp Spotted Sandpiper

Scanning the shore with my binoculars as my daughter piloted our canoe around Billy’s lake, I was a bit startled when I saw a small group of four plump sandpiper birds gathered on a downed cypress tree. Sandpipers in the Okefenokee? This was definitely a first for me.  Since our Okefenokee excursions have always beenContinue reading “Okefenokee Swamp Spotted Sandpiper”

An Old Friend Okefenokee Alligator

Unless they are tagged or have some unique scars, American Alligators are quite hard to tell apart. I’m sure there are subtle differences in size and features that could be identified if one spent some time comparing photographs. But for the most part, I can only suspect some of the alligators I’ve encountered multiple OkefenokeeContinue reading “An Old Friend Okefenokee Alligator”

Sharing and Okefenokee Journal from Edz Imagz

Sharing an Okefenokee travel journal and photography from Edz Imagz. I actually happened to meet Ed, as we were both in the Okefenokee at the same time in May 2020. “In the Corvid-19 era, one could hardly find a more remote place in the lower 48 states to get away from people than the OkefenokeeContinue reading “Sharing and Okefenokee Journal from Edz Imagz”

Okefenokee Swamp Pileated Woodpeckers

March 4, 2017 on Billy’s Lake – Around 5:00 pm, after getting shots of a beautiful, white, Great Egret, we pulled the canoe onto some spatterdock to observe two Pileated Woodpeckers on the bank. All of the Pileateds I had previously seen stayed fairly high up in the trees. But these two were foraging alongContinue reading “Okefenokee Swamp Pileated Woodpeckers”

A Refuge for the Soaring Swallow-tailed Kite

After several trips to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge that ended in a bust, I was really hoping this trek would finally result in a decent Swallow-tailed Kite photograph. But once again, it appeared that I was leaving the Okefenokee Swamp disappointed. The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is located in Georgia near along the FloridaContinue reading “A Refuge for the Soaring Swallow-tailed Kite”

Okefenokee – Dark, Dangerous and Foreboding

“The artist can find in this Swamp scenes for masterpieces – from the beautiful to the somber – for a while there are scenes of unsurpassed beauty, there are others dark, dangerous and foreboding.” Excerpt from the 1926 History Of Okefenokee Swamp by A S McQueen And Hamp Mizell iNaturalist observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/29933513

Okefenokee Fetterbush will make you stagger and shout!

In the spring the Okefenokee Swamp shrubbery is decorated with delicate rows of tiny pink and white bells. These small flowers are of the Lyonia bush. Although they look and smell like a sweet Valentine’s Day treat, they haven’t always been thought of so fondly, as revealed by a few of their common names: fetterbush,Continue reading “Okefenokee Fetterbush will make you stagger and shout!”

Okefenokee Alligator Apex Predator

Their status as an apex predator is probably what makes the American Alligator so fascinating and formidable. Apex predators are those at the top of the food chain. They have few, if any, other natural predators. While a big alligator is capable of killing almost any other animal in the Okefenokee Swamp,  the truth isContinue reading “Okefenokee Alligator Apex Predator”

Sharing an Okefenokee Post from Nichter Photography PLUS, Part 2

Sharing Part 2 of Kathleen’s great Okefenokee travel journal to the wonderful Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Birds are part of the fun of visiting the Okefenokee Swamp. I watched the Snowy Egret high-stepping toward me, and kept the camera on him waiting to capture one of the “golden slippers” of his feet in the air,Continue reading “Sharing an Okefenokee Post from Nichter Photography PLUS, Part 2”

Okefenokee Minnies Lake Worth the Paddle

“Dad, can we go back to Minnie’s Lake today,” my daughter asked. She always loves paddling through the scenic, narrow channel of the Red Trail looking for baby alligators along the way. And then when nearing Minnie’s Lake, the scene opens up as the trees retreat the shrubs back off. There are typically gators galore…Continue reading “Okefenokee Minnies Lake Worth the Paddle”