Posts Tagged ‘lagoon’

Fall Egret Convention in My Back Yard

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

It happens every October or November: a bunch of egrets and cormorants will congregate along the lagoon in our back yard, usually in the late afternoon or evening.  They don’t seem to be hunting for food – just getting together to “hang out” in the branches of the trees and shrubs along the lagoon.

I don’t see this behavior at other times of the year other than around a “rookery” – any ideas as to why they do this?  Since we live near Hilton Head, I don’t think they’re flocking together to migrate somewhere else since I’ll see them all winter around our area as well as now.

Here’s a video of them from last fall – and I see more of them coming in to our lagoon today!

Turtles Stage World Cup – “Fishball 2010″

Monday, July 12th, 2010

While the eyes of the world were on the World Cup final game in South Africa, the Yelllow-bellied Slider turtles in the lagoon behind my home staged their own version of the  “World Cup” by pushing around a dead fish floating on the surface.  Welcome to all the exciting action of “Fishball 2010″!

G-A-A-O-O-O-O-O-L-L-L!!!!

Raccoon Shell-fishing – Nature in My Back Yard

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

We have been trying to solve a mystery on the banks of the lagoon behind our house: where have all the empty freshwater mussel shells come from? These shiny shells (or rather, half-shells) started appearing a month or two ago.  At first we thought the American River Otters that frequent the lagoon had been doing a little shell-fishing on the side.  But we’d never actually seen them trying to pry one of the mussels open before.

Now we know!  The first time we saw the culprit, there were actually three of them – the local raccoons have developed quite a shellfishing technique!

(I actually was able to video the three of them in action, but then our “special needs” son decided that the SD card with that video on it was “old” and since it had no more room on it for additional video recordings, he pitched it in the garbage – can you spell A-N-G-R-Y?)

Fortunately, we managed to capture one of them recently back in action wading out into the lagoon, feeling around for a mussel, then bringing it back to shore and tearing it open for a delicious crustacean delight.  Quite a talent that they have developed!

A River Otter Swims Down Our Lagoon

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

It’s not the first time we’ve seen them in the lagoon behind our house, but many folks who’ve lived here in the Lowcountry have never seen the American River Otters that have been here longer than humans.  We’ve seen as many as 4 at a time swimming by our backyard in the lagoon.

I happened to have the video camera handy when a River Otter cruised down the lagoon recently.  At the end of the short video, it dove underwater and I waited in vain for it to re-surface in view of the camera.  They can swim a long ways underwater!