Tag Archives: Ocean Shore

Floating Along, Pelican

A bird that everyone loves, a Pelican. The Brown Pelicans are the ones we have the most of. They nest on sand bars and unfortunately around here the bars change on a yearly basis. Each new storm rearranges the shape of the coast.

This photograph is of an adult in water almost shallow enough for him to stand.

Floating Along, Pelican
Floating Along, Pelican

Charleston Harbor, Charleston, South Carolina.

Passing Pelican

When out on the other side of the Charleston peninsula I try to stop at a few spots that typically have Pelicans around.

Passing Pelican
Passing Pelican

The bird passed by while we were standing on a boat pier.

Passing Pelican
Passing Pelican

I did not have my usual long lens so I was at the mercy of the birds and how they picked up on the thermal over the water.

Passing Pelican
Passing Pelican

 

Speedy Sanderling

These little guys run as fast as they fly. Those little legs can really move.

Speedy Sanderling
Speedy Sanderling

If you give them enough space between you and the incoming surf a parade will run by.

Speedy Sanderling
Speedy Sanderling

The trick is to get the shot, and have the right lens. A big heavy long lens is an unwieldy problem.

Speedy Sanderling
Speedy Sanderling

Sanderling hunt for tiny worms under the sand.

Speedy Sanderling
Speedy Sanderling

They have a really special trick. They tap a foot, quickly, on the surface. This can cause the worm to move. Once they see it…

Speedy Sanderling
Speedy Sanderling

 

 

Shore Birds, Willet

The shore, and close in marshes, have plenty of these birds. Up north it was one of the most photographed birds around. Common, yes, but can make interesting photographs also.

Shore Birds, Willet
Shore Birds, Willet

This group was looking around in the surf as the tide turned and started to go out.

Shore Birds, Willet
Shore Birds, Willet
Shore Birds, Willet
Shore Birds, Willet

Above, the right hand bird had only one leg. He did just fine, even in the moving water.

Lesser Black-backed Gull

A Gull, but one a little different.

To me many of the midsized Gulls look the same. I don’t have enough practice with them like in the past. Best I can tell this Lesser Black-backed has a very small range along the US east coast.

Lesser Black-backed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull

Only an educated guess on my part. Best I’ve got.

Must Be An Ibis Year

White Ibis appear to be the surprise photographs of the year. Even though they are a common bird here in the Lowcountry getting decent shots can be tricky.

Must Be An Ibis Year
Must Be An Ibis Year

Except this year.

Must Be An Ibis Year
Must Be An Ibis Year

We have added a few new spots to wander which may explain the larger numbers. The environment is not much different, but who knows.

Must Be An Ibis Year
Must Be An Ibis Year