Posts Tagged ‘lowcountry’
I took this video of a Marbled Godwit along the shore of Port Royal Sound during spring migration this year. We were at Mitchellville Beach Park on the north end of Hilton Head Island and saw a lot of migrating shorebirds that day – this is a real birding hotspot during spring and fall migration!
I was using a small hand-held digital camera and it was a windy day, so the audio has some wind noise and the picture is a bit unsteady at times since the wind was blowing me around. But I think it still provides a great closup look at a Marbled Godwit feeding along the shallows of the Port Royal Mud Flats.
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″!
Our family was biking through our neighborhood when I spotted a good-sized bird in the bushes between the road and a large lagoon. Fortunately, I had my little pocket digital camera in my shorts pocket – a habit that I’ve found to pay big dividends for this blog!
I pedaled past, parked the bike, then snuck back around the bushes to get a better look – it was a Little Blue Heron! I snapped a picture, then tried to ease my way closer to get a better shot – here is the result:
What a beautiful bird – and to think that most people driving by would never see or appreciate it! What a wonderful place the Lowcountry is!
The northeast end of Hilton Head Island where the Port Royal Sound empties into the Atlantic Ocean is a “hot spot” for shorebirds to gather, especially during spring and fall migration. The Town of Hilton Head Island has preserved a large area of land along Port Royal Sound as part of Fish Haul Creek Park, which includes a tidal creek, marshlands, maritime forests, and a stretch of sandy shoreline.
This video provides views of the area from the shoreline, looking first up into Fish Haul Creek and its marshland area, then going around the shoreline and the “Port Royal Flats” area where hundreds of gulls, terns, skimmers, sandpipers, pelicans, herons, and egrets gather to feed, rest, and “hang out” on the sandbars.
It started as a peaceful summer afternoon in the lagoon behind our house: two Yellow-bellied Slider turtles relaxed on a floating log, enjoying the sunshine amid the languid waters. But when a third turtle decided to join them, MAYHEM broke out – and the ensuing “Log-rolling Olympics” had the turtles scrambling to stay afloat!
Catch all the action here: