Taken at the Port Royal, South Carolina, rookery. A place where there can be a lot going on, but a short moment for a clear photo.
Cypress Wetlands is situated right in, dead center, the town of Port Royal. It’s a large swamp land the town maintains for wildlife. Not long ago birds stopped breeding here due to erosion of the islands and trees. The town stepped in and has built land back up, as well as planting swamp trees.
A perfect and safe spot for breeding the birds came back. That doesn’t happen often.
Port Royal takes its name from the adjacent Port Royal Sound, which was explored and named by Frenchman Jean Ribault in 1562. Ribault founded the short-lived settlement of Charlesfort on Parris Island. The area later became the site of a Spanish and still later Scottish colony during the 17th century.
Port Royal was the site of the Naval Battle of Port Royal during the Civil War. Later during the war, it was the one of the sites of the Port Royal Experiment, which included most of the Sea Islands in Union hands. In 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation was first read at Christmas under the Proclamation tree in Port Royal.