Usually birds are pretty, but these are just plain ‘striking’ ! First time I have photographed them.
From what I can find the South Carolina Lowcountry marshes are about as far north as they like.
I have read they nest in the thousands at the Great Sale Lake, Utah.
These photographs were taken in a marsh, salt, in the Bear Island Wildlife Management Area. It’s 12,000 acres of mostly marshes. Oh, and bugs…hungry Deer Fly’s !