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Hunting Fly By, Bald Eagle

This was taken while at least 5 other Eagles flew nearby. I was even able to get a few shots of Eagles attempting to steal fish from each other.

Most of the birds kept their distance fishing (and hunting the local Ibis) on the far side of this marsh. There were times they flew all around me.

Hunting Fly By, Bald Eagle - click to enlarge
Hunting Fly By, Bald Eagle – click to enlarge

This gathering might be the start of nest building here.

Barn Owl, Eagle Owl

A change of pace article. Two portraits of Owls.

I have built a collection of so many like these that I have photographs I have never seen. When publishing from a group of like images there are times you just grab one at random, can’t pick one over the other.

These are the ‘other’.

Barn Owl Portrait - click to enlarge
Barn Owl Portrait – click to enlarge

North American Barn Owl.

Eagle Owl Portrait - click to enlarge
Eagle Owl Portrait – click to enlarge

Savigny’s Eagle Owl

I need to set aside some time soon to look through the collections.

Taken at The Avian Conservation Center.

 

A New Perspective

A place I have seen and photographed hundreds of times. If you visit this web site you too have seen it. (Click here to view a recent shot).

I don’t remember ever taking a photograph of that spot from one of the dikes.

A New Perspective -click to enlarge
A New Perspective -click to enlarge

Above was taken as I walked down the side of this marsh, actually it was a remote plantation rice field a few hundred years ago.

The island has a single (and shaky) dead tree. Here it is filled with Roseate Spoonbills and a Great Blue Heron. Another Heron is fishing in the shallows, and what  you can’t see is the scores Alligators in the marsh grass.

Scenes like this just reinforce how beautiful the Lowcountry wild lands are.

 

Loud, Chaotic, Beautiful, And A Rare Sight

Something set them off and they all took to the air at the same time. It was deafening and amazing, there was at least a thousand taking off at the same time.

What makes this even more special are the mix of birds and how not that long ago this might never have happened.

Wood Storks were endangered and almost gone, Roseate Spoonbills would stay in Central / South America, and some Egrets were hunted to almost extinction.

Loud, Chaos, Beautiful
Loud, Chaos, Beautiful – click to enlarge

Yet here they were, all together in front of my camera.

I have added images to a gallery to allow large detailed viewing.

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Smith Pyramid Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery

Smith Pyramid Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery - click to enlarge
Smith Pyramid Mausoleum, Magnolia Cemetery – click to enlarge

Victorian architecture included many designs and images with  Egyptian influence . It was the ‘rage’ of the times. Magnolia Cemetery is the resting place of Charleston elite and wealthy from that period so it makes sense there should be monuments like this.

Members of the Smith family (W.B. Smith the most wealthy person in Charleston) are interred here.

Parts of Magnolia are historically ornate like this, other sections simple carved stones, and others poor soldiers and sailors from the Confederate military.

A must visit place for photographers.