Presumably planted for feeding waterfowl in the fall.
My most definitive picture of what I think is a nutria. You can see the yellow teeth in the white muzzle.
Nutria or muskrat?
Nutria, beaver, or muskrat? Swimming with a tuber/stalk?
These two raccoon kits (newly independent?) very nearly bumped into my toes. I was intent on photographing dragonflies, and heard something approach the pond. 15 minutes of standing still and they shuffled into view, so close that my telephoto lens couldn't focus properly. At one point, I had to stand up to stretch and they noticed something, but not enough to spook them. They continued foraging at the water's edge and at the base of grass clumps.
Originally identified in the clubtails.
In the pine canopy. Not 100% confident of a brown-headed nuthatch ID, but have seen one in area previously.
Striking bird. As pictured, it moves just like a nuthatch. Possibly even more frantic--very difficult to photograph cleanly. It wasn't too spooked, it hung around me for 5-10 minutes, but was not still for more than a half second.
A whole patch of loblollies.
Spooked from the wetland, this green heron "hid" in the loblollies.
In the muck.
Many southern leopards along this path.
Very cool to see. The leopard frogs were notably staying out of the water ditches (jumping out immediately, even when I spooked them in), and I think this snake was part of the reason why.