This is about as close as I could get to an Oyster Catcher. After viewing the shots I was surprised by their eyes, and the feather color surrounding them. This image shows it almost looks like eye makeup!
Another thing that I didn’t know is how fast and frantic they fly. Wings flap hard, loud screeching, and zooming all around.
The header image here is an HDR composite of 3 separate photographs taken of the McLeod Plantation on James Island, South Carolina. Interesting to me is how it does not fit the ‘Hollywood’ image of a southern plantation building. However, the actually buildings I have seen all look like this, not ‘Gone With The Wind’.
The only catch is, the main photo was the original entrance, the Hollywood version added after the civil war. Both the Confederate and Union armies occupied the building at some point. Like all plantation properties the war damaged was extensive.
This image displays the original lane / road to the main house, alongside were the quarters where over 60 enslaved West Africans lived.
Records show up to 10 people lived in these small single room buildings. Food was grown behind each.
I believe the buildings a property are now owned by Charleston County.