Now that winter has passed, I'm starting to see more bird activity in my backyard and pond. Plus, a recent weekend in Hilton Head produced a nice bird photography opportunity. And I have a few photos to share from Magnolia Cemetery, which include an Anhinga with a fresh fish catch.
So this post is kind of a nest for my recent birding activities.
I took these photos from my upstairs bathroom "blind."
In this photograph, molting-in-progress is noticeable. Its head looks a bit scruffy, dirty almost, but its just the changing of colors process.
The Goldfinches really like this seed block.
I see these all the time down in the ACE Basin, but rarely in my backyard.
The male has this distinctive look. The female appear to be another type of bird, as they are kind of speckled looking with dark coloring and white too.
I focused up into the tree and spotted this bird, which turned out to be the Brown-headed Cowbird.
These I have also spotted at my feeders in recent weeks, both the male and female who doesn't sport a brown head.
But I've never captured an image quite like this one, from behind.
The cocky bird has had a lot to crow about in recent weeks with the success of the University of South Carolina men's and women's basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament.
And let's not forget Clemson winning the Division I football title this year and Coastal Carolina still the holder of the NCAA Division I baseball championship!
Guess they're not what you would call early birds! Ha ha!
I get this at Wild Birds Unlimited. Which reminds me, I'm just about out of it and need to get to Wild Birds soon. The bark butter is something many of the birds really love!
Unfortunately, I was unable to get a photograph of the fox, but in the pond I saw this Great Blue Heron.
What a pair these two make!
From our 10th floor room at the Marriott Resort and Spa, I captured a number of nice shots of the moon, and sunrise.
Mitchelville, named for a Federal officer who oversaw the community in its early stages.
Quite an interesting place that is still being developed as a spot for visitors to learn of this little known but important piece of history.
The bonus for me was finding birds out here!
whatbird.com's identification forum with the small Sandpipers.
The Killdeer I've seen before in a few Lowcountry places.
Cool name, anyway, and a striking shorebird. I'm glad I captured the orange in its eyes in this shot.
The whatbird.com website includes the names for groups of all the birds it includes. It says that a group of Sandpipers has many collective nouns/names, including a "bind," "contradiction," "fling," "hill" and "timestep."
No, I didn't make up these names!
Neat to see some Little Blue Herons. I love the subtle shading of its dark colors. Such a handsome bird!
The Little Blue, which is a lot white when younger, is a favorite among favorites for me!
Usually, the White Ibis travels in its "wedges" or "congregations." Maybe this one became separated or just needed some alone time.
Once you park, it's a fairly short walk through some coastal woods that eventually opens up to beautiful views of the beach and ocean.
Rodney Scott's new barbecue restaurant in Charleston.
I'm glad we did stop by the cemetery, because I got these photographs.
Alesia alerted me to some movement not far from us in the front lagoon. It was an Anhinga carrying a spot-tailed bass to this perch.
Have to admit, I didn't notice the gator! Thanks Beverly!
I was thinking, there's no way the Anhinga could swallow such a big fish.
Well, I was wrong! Down the hatch it went!
Alas, it's a male House Finch!
I thought that seeds went awfully fast, since filling it, what, yesterday?
I have now applied several twisty "thingies" to keep out the annoying and relentless squirrels!