Category Archives: Charleston

Osprey With His Catch

This series almost didn’t get published. But the talons on display changed my mind. Probably the only larger claws I have seen are adult Bald Eagles. Still, these raptors are fierce hunters.

Osprey With His Catch - click to enlarge
Osprey With His Catch – click to enlarge

Osprey are thought of as only hunting fish, not entirely true though. When hungry, or no water is available, they hunt much like any large raptor.

Usually Ellen and I try to go in different directions once we have reached an area we want to photograph. These were taken on a small single person bridge, we were both crossing at the time (click here to view the other versions). Ellen had a better line of sight so I had planned on skipping these photographs.

Osprey With His Catch - click to enlarge
Osprey With His Catch – click to enlarge

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Old Ornate Headstone

Most of the older headstones I’ve found don’t have the ornate etching of this one. None of the others around this site did either.

Old Ornate Headstone - click to enlarge
Old Ornate Headstone – click to enlarge

This being civil war era I have to assume the carving wasn’t done in New England as was the custom. The original Confederate States flag was here also.

 

Volunteers

Volunteers, unlike a regular army, were supported by their individual states. This was true of both the north and south during the civil war. A volunteer militia only exists during a time of war. (Wikipedia).

Volunteers - click to enlarge
Volunteers – click to enlarge

Tennessee volunteer.

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Volunteers – click to enlarge

North Carolina volunteer.

Volunteers - click to enlarge
Volunteers – click to enlarge

South Carolina volunteer.

These markers were found in a confederate military cemetery, yet they were all clearly marked as volunteers.

 

Osprey, Fish Catch

A few photographs of an Osprey settling in with the fish just caught. The dive was under large trees, played havoc with focus, so only a few were keepers.

Osprey, Fish Catch - click to enlarge
Osprey, Fish Catch – click to enlarge

It’s always interesting to watch the first take off after diving under, they shake off the water in mid flight.

Click the image below for a clear view of the ‘shake’.

Osprey, Fish Catch - click to enlarge
Osprey, Fish Catch – click to enlarge

Lucky for me this bird settled on a large branch over the water to feed. There must not be any other aggressive birds of prey here, otherwise he would not have been out in the open.

Osprey, Fish Catch - click to enlarge
Osprey, Fish Catch – click to enlarge

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