LowcountryOutdoors.com salutes Mr. Ted Ford of Edisto Island for placing a conservation easement on his property in Western Colleton County. The property lies alongside the Little Salkehatchie Swamp, and it has an old Mill Pond on it that is a crown jewel of the swamp. Populated with young and healthy cypress trees that are now growing in swamp water that is several feet deep, this rookery holds a near perfect recipe to attract wading birds and nurture their reproductive efforts. A conservation ethic is needed in the western portion of the ACE Basin and Ford's easement will generate plenty of goodwill among his fellow Private Landowners of the ACE. The photos are from my visit to the rookery in May of 2009.
PhotosByJeffDennis: The sky is filled with wading birds returning to the rookery at the end of the day; Wood storks commune on a roost tree; ; cattle egrets flock to the mill pond in rural western Colleton County; a great egret stands over fuzzy young