Northwest end of the lake
Wilsontown Rd. bridge at sunrise
Geese in the fog
Great Blue Heron, just flew right over me
North Rabon Creek arrives at the lake
Who says it don't snow in South Carolina??
Goose, goose, DUCK!
Not all the lake denizens have feathers
Some lake denizens have fur
Who needs a recliner?
Sun goin' down
Taken from a grainy, poorly-lit video, so it must be a lake monster. ... ok, either a beaver or otter. Video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqUSxP6XOx0
Dragonflies don't get no fresher than this
A quiet little corner of the north east end of the lake
Osprey parent: "That's close enough!"
Lake Rabon Water Park!
I saw a flock of geese headed north. After they went out of sight, I saw one coming back. Then a couple minutes later, these three (one is just out of the frame on top) headed back north again. It was like the flock suddenly realized "Hey, did anyone tell the Smiths where we were going this morning?" and one said "Ooops... I'll go back and get 'em"
We all have 'egrets
Ok, not even a "better" picture, but enough to help substantiate a siting: Bald Eagle
Anhinga, I think.
Seagulls: winter residents
In the "beak" mid-winter
Springtime just waiting to pop out under a very blue February sky.
Out of Winter's wrath, Spring ... has ... Sprung!
Ducks in the yard
The lake aeration system in action
Duck, with ducklets
Another eagle siting, this time with a little (very little) better picture.
A what kind of buttress?
Or is it part of a dragon?
Another secluded corner (if the geese want to ambush me, this'd be the place)
Some sort of flowers along the shore
Another furry lake denizen
White Ibis, just a young'un
The sun helping bring the lake out of the fog
With the lake down, there's a lot of old stumps showing above the water. This one looks to have been used as a dinner table, probably by a bird.
A little overview
Oh look! I can see my house!
Where leaves go when they fall in the lake.
A lake feeder, up at the far north end of the eastern arm.
Another lake feeder, near the Wilsontown Rd. bridge.
More water feeding in the lake - the South Rabon Creek.
What you won't see from a pontoon boat
Great Blue Heron
Duck in the lights
Finally - a picture of a kingfisher that looks like a kingfisher
Duck, on departure
Crow, on takeoff
Hawks at play
A couple of red-shouldered hawks were playing over the house.
Chickadee in the back yard
Egret in a tree
Heron flight ops: Cleared for takeoff!
Heron flight ops: Departure
Heron flight ops: Cruise flight
Heron showing us how to Really do a full-stall landing
Killdeer, one a bit ruffled
Ponce! Ponce! We've found it!
Fall lake-side flowers.
More from the "full stall landing" series - LAHSO by an egret
Needed: air traffic control
Kingfisher, at rest
Kingfisher, in motion
Hawk (I think maybe a Cooper's Hawk) flew right over me, making for some awkward camera handling.
Black Vulture, looking for something to clean up.
Ah! An even better Kingfisher portrait.
Kingfisher in motion.
Eastern Phoebe, I think.
More non-feathered wildlife.
Hey, what's everyone lookin' at??
Egret flight ops: about to land
Duck in charge & her escort
Double-crested Cormorant on his takeoff "run". He pushed off the water about 5 times before becoming fully airborne.
Blue jay about to land.
Gray squirrel almost to the trees.
Taken on a wet day.
Eastern Towhee in the trees
Goose 210 heavy, flight of two, cleared for takeoff
Contact departure control
They don't call 'em "wading birds" for nuthin'
Did that duck just spook the heron?
More from the "full stall landing" series ("whew, got away from that duck!")
Lick Creek splits into a bunch of streams as it reaches Lake Rabon. We managed to get the sun reflecting off them, causing them to show up like a CT scan.
A Carolina Chickadee in the real estate market.
Obligatory Great Blue Heron in cruise flight.
Cormorants doing a formation landing (sort of).
A good day for the turtles to come out.
I wasn't really close enough to the action, but this montage is an Osprey getting lunch.
Signs of spring: pollen
The Osprey are back on top of the intake. Here's the changing of the guard.
More turtles then I've every seen in one place.
More cormorants than I've every seen in one place.
Kingfisher, with cargo.
Mystery bird #1
Beavers at work.
Plants are throwing their seeds all over the place.
A rather vocal hawk
A dragon! .... fly ...
...who was happy to pose for me.
With the water up, there's lots more little nooks and crannies one can get into with a small boat.
Another place accessible with the water up. Up a creek, but I still had my paddle.
Vulture, on patrol
Osprey breeding success ... so far, so good.
Shakin' out an egret