09/18/2014 02:54 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Life On The Lake...An Overview

I am a retired Biologist and High School Teacher living in South Carolina (near Charleston). I have always enjoyed the outdoor life and am enjoying the freedom I now have. Most of These photographs were taken in my backyard. I live on a 10 acre lake just off of the Ashley River getting the overflow from the numerous historic plantations on the river. Lots of herons, egrets, waterfowl, eagles and osprey. Many of these birds are migratory and return each year and seem to tolerate me and allow me in their world.
This first blog will be an overview of the variety of life in the area over the course of a year. Camera make and major settings will be given with all photos.

Great Egret (Ardea alba) Canon 5D mk II, f/6.3, 1/800 sec, ISO 200, 400 mm

"Morning Kiss"
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodius) Canon 5D mk II, f/5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO 200, 380 mm

The Eagles begin arriving in September and peak around Christmas. At least one pair usually have offspring with them. They will stay around till about May, then leave untill next year.

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) Canon 5D mk II, f/8, 1/1600 sec, ISO 500, 400 mm

The Whole Family
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) Canon 5D mk II, f/5.6, 1/5000 sec, 400 mm

Spring and Summer bring another new set of visitors!
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) Canon 5D mk II, f/5.6, 1/2500 sec, ISO 500, 400 mm

Please join me in my captures during the year on the lake. I greatly appreciate any thoughts or comments.