While we were out yesterday *bridge-hunting* we decided to swing by the Hatchie Wildlife Refuge to catch a glimpse of the Canada Geese and whatever else decided to roost around ONeal Lake. ONeal Lake, like other around West Tn, is in dire need of rain. The drought our area has had for months now has left parts of the lake completely dry. This didn’t stop the birds from migrating though and they were a pleasure to see.
The area of dry land you see in the above photo, is normally under a good 2-3 feet of water.
This swampy mess is a reminder of the lack of rain this Summer/Fall.
Thousands of dead lilies surround this Great Blue Heron, making him perfectly camouflaged.
This big guy found himself a meal in another small pond on the refuge. He walked around for a good 10 minutes with the fish in his mouth, dipping it into the water every so often, My hubby took this shot from the truck window. He did good!
The Hatchie is home to some of the tallest cypress knees I’ve ever seen. You can see where the water level is usually at by the ring around the tree.