Tag Archives: South Carolina

Osprey

One of the success stories, back from the brink after DDT was banned. So many communities and organizations built nesting platforms the population is healthy and growing now.

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Osprey – Click To Enlarge

We have been photographing these birds for several years and they still fascinate me. They are actually easier to capture in their fishing dives in New England than South Carolina. The rivers and rocky shores allowed us to get closer to the hunting areas up north.

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Osprey – Click To Enlarge

This bird lost sight in one eye in an accident and now is part of a wildlife educational program at The Avian Conservation Center in South Carolina.

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Osprey – Click To Enlarge

These images were taken during the annual Photographers day. We have been lucky to be included and this is our second year.  Last year it took a 2 day drive with luggage, equipment, and a dog. This year we just had to get up an hour earlier than normal. That works for me.

Swamp Sparrow

Like most photographers I have shot hundreds of sparrows. Always around, fun to watch, and good practice. But here is one I had never noticed. The Swamp Sparrow.

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Swamp Sparrow – Click To Enlarge

Taken in a marsh of thick reeds from further than I should have. I took a quick shot at 500 mm. Considering the focal length and distance it’s OK. Besides, now I can spot a Swamp Sparrow.

Female Kestrel

This is a female Eurasian Kestrel, or Old World Kestrel. They have begun to move into the Northeast US and parts of Canada.

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Female Kestrel – Click To Enlarge

The male of this species is much more colorful than the female. One of my favorite birds. I have a photograph of a male hanging in my office.

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Female Kestrel – Click To Enlarge

Like other raptors they can be trained for falconry.

Juvenile Spectacled Owl

Owls make the best photographs. Here might be the best of the best. Their eyes are always expressive and clear, in the head shot here you can actually see our reflections.

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Juvenile Spectacled Owl – Click To Enlarge

Born in the spring of 2016 she still has the white head feathers but old enough to fly and impress me with her claws and silent wings.

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Juvenile Spectacled Owl – Click To Enlarge
Juvenile Spectacled Owl - Click To Enlarge
Juvenile Spectacled Owl – Click To Enlarge

Born in captivity, she was bred at the Avian Conservation Center in South Carolina. There she will raise her own young and help provide education on the flight of owls.