The Lowcountry is known as one of the biggest and best wild bird areas in the country. Even here though finding a gathering like this is special. Something you see only a few times a year.
These photographs capture a small piece of the different flocks.
When the water levels are just right all the different species come together to feed.
When the water rises, or food is depleted, they will move to other areas around the marshes. Unfortunately for us most of the locations are inaccessible. Of course this is exactly why the animals come here in the first place.
This is a magical scene we rarely get to witness, especially close up.
White Pelican are surface feeders, not divers. They also work as a unit if part of a flock. Above they have pulled close together and slowly swim forward, driving the fish ahead.
As the water gets more shallow the fish are trapped and feeding begins.
This marsh has become more of a watering hole. In the photographs above many other birds can be seen in the background. Wood Storks being the most obvious, but there are Egrets, Ibis, Gull and even smaller Avocet.
This time of year, if lucky, we can come across groups like this with hundreds of birds. The jack pot ? Thousands.