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A Dolphin Strand Feeding

This stranding was a large one. I counted 5 Dolphin in the charge, an adult and young calf a little behind in the water. There was not a sound until a huge crashing wave hit shore.

A Dolphin Strand Feeding - click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding – click to enlarge

There was a substantial number of fish pushed to shore.

A Dolphin Strand Feeding - click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding – click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding - click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding – click to enlarge

The Dolphins came in shoulder to shoulder, almost in a straight line. I never noticed that before. It was an impressive well rehearsed charge.

A Dolphin Strand Feeding - click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding – click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding - click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding – click to enlarge

In the above it looks like a wall of charging Dolphin.

A Dolphin Strand Feeding - click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding – click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding - click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding – click to enlarge

As they rolled back into the water Dolphin were still grabbing the flying fish.

A Dolphin Strand Feeding - click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding – click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding - click to enlarge
A Dolphin Strand Feeding – click to enlarge

The strand from start to finish was 9 seconds. That makes me feel a little better when I’m out of focus or miss one.

 

 

Osprey Won This Time, Dolphin

The Dolphin was herding fish to the shore but this Osprey beat him to it.

Osprey Won This Time - click to enlarge
Osprey Won This Time – click to enlarge

It was close and the Osprey has either done this before, or it was dumb luck he wasn’t run over.

I caught the splashes first, thinking it was a Pelican.

Osprey Won This Time - click to enlarge
Osprey Won This Time – click to enlarge
Osprey Won This Time - click to enlarge
Osprey Won This Time – click to enlarge
Osprey Won This Time - click to enlarge
Osprey Won This Time – click to enlarge

The Osprey had the fish and now had to get up and away fast. The Dolphin only weighs about 990 pounds more.

Osprey Won This Time - click to enlarge
Osprey Won This Time – click to enlarge
Osprey Won This Time - click to enlarge
Osprey Won This Time – click to enlarge

He did it, beat out the Dolphin.

This all happened in seconds.

The Water Erupts, Dolphins

There a few things as spectacular as Dolphins stranding. If you are not looking you may miss the water seem to rise up. But when they hit the shore, enormous splashing waves immediately get your attention.

The Water Erupts, Dolphins - click to enlarge
The Water Erupts, Dolphins – click to enlarge

Sometimes it’s a single animal, with a few small fish. But here, it’s a full Dolphin pod and a large school they pushed to shore.

Did I mention they are almost the size of a Honda sedan?

 

Head Shots, Wading Birds

Both birds in these photographs were too close to compose a good shot. They also didn’t run away. Quick decision, make a classic head shot.

Head Shots, Wading Birds - click to enlarge
Head Shots, Wading Birds – click to enlarge

Great Egret in tall pond grass.

Head Shots, Wading Birds - click to enlarge
Head Shots, Wading Birds – click to enlarge

Great Blue Heron on the banks of a marsh.

 

The Not So Glamorous Photography, Dolphins

No, nothing dramatic here. Not even a complete photograph of this Dolphin.

The dorsal fin is the critical part. They are like finger prints. When documenting Dolphin strands it is critical to know if any new animals have joined and learned the technique.

The Not So Glamorous Photography, Dolphins - click to enlarge
The Not So Glamorous Photography, Dolphins – click to enlarge

Compare the fins of each. You will notice the back edge of the dorsal is shaped differently.

The Not So Glamorous Photography, Dolphins - click to enlarge
The Not So Glamorous Photography, Dolphins – click to enlarge

While creating stills for a friends project with the LowCountry Marine Mammal Network I did grab a few clear fins for an ID. They were able to ID 4 distinct Dolphins during the stranding.

Click to learn more about LMMN.

 

 

Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents

Indian Field Campground, in South Carolina, is a camp meeting site. The design is based on an octagon of 99 tents (wooden) surrounding an open air tabernacle. This layout is based on a description in Leviticus, the old testament bible. (click to view tabernacle article)

Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents - click to enlarge
Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents – click to enlarge

Walking towards the tabernacle in the center you get a feeling of how large this really is.

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Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents – click to enlarge

Above is taken from outside the octagon, the back of the tents. Here are open air kitchens and sitting areas.

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Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents – click to enlarge

Tents are close together. Again, the back area here. Community interaction is an important part of this once a year gathering.

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Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents – click to enlarg

A circular road runs around the campground. The far side has the all important ‘private privy’

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Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents – click to enlarge

The tents vary in size.┬áThe single-story preacher’s cabin is larger and taller than the other cabins. It has a four-panel door flanked by two-over-two light windows.

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Indian Field Campground, 99 Tents – click to enlarge

This camp, the newer one, was built in 1848. The convenience of a wagon (now small car) trail is spaced around the octagon. The first Indian Field Campground was held on a farm in the late 18th century. It was probably located near the first church building. 1801 was the first camp, one has been held every year since.