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*Swipe for two more*. A Red-winged Blackbird looking up at what’s coming down. It seems irritated by the gentle rain.

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Orange-fronted Parrots munching on pink flowers last year in Costa Rica

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A small flock of Brown Pelican cruising the shore. They look so efficient and effortless when airborne.

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Red-winged Blackbird are a very common sight in the marshes of the Lowcountry. The females are brown without any red or yellow on the wings.

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Roseate Spoonbills gathered for dinner.

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I like the feel of this photo for some reason. The bird, a Blue Grosbeak seems so at peace in this scene, staring off into the distance. The leaves on the trees look like celebration streamers in the wind and the blue palette is calming. Not the greatest view of the beautiful bird, but it works for me! Happy Friday everyone!

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Another sunrise vantage point from last Saturday morning. The backlighting revealed thousands of spiderwebs on the marsh grass - I don’t think 90% of them would have been visible a few hours later.

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A Painted Bunting shows himself just long enough, without twigs in the way. Next step is for him to turn and face me! I am surprised again and again how small the birds are. When they flash by in flight, the red is so bright I always expect them to be a little bigger.

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A very strange scene to me. I came upon this beautiful old tree, with the sound of dozens of birds providing the soundtrack for the scene. While looking for birds, I noticed a large snakeskin hanging down. Then another. Then another. I started being more aware of where I was walking and discovered a fourth at the base of the tree. Swipe left to see close-ups. I have highlighted the locations in the tree with four white dots. If anyone knows what type of snake it is, I’d be interested. Look at the tail end of the second shot - could it be s rattle? Unfortunately, I never saw a snake.

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Dragonfly central - or mosquito squad as I like to call them. They must have been full or needed a break, or both, as there was a feast to be had on the guy with the camera!

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Here is the beautiful Bald Eagle that was waiting patiently on top of a pole, looking for breakfast, while I was photographing the sunrise in my previous post.

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Sunrise serenity over the Lowcountry. There was a beautiful mist in the air, a Bald Eagle behind me, and bugs galore too! The heat and humidity are fast arriving! Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!! May you all have a little serenity today.

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An Orchard Oriole. I had no idea what this little colorful bird was until getting home and looking it up. Striking yellow, even in a bit of shade.

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The Magnificent Frigate bird - this one photographed in Costa Rica - I was reminded yesterday that I had never posted it, so here it is - a magnificent bird!

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This is one of the little, beautiful birds that always seems to be just behind something or just to quick for me, or just out of range. The Painted Bunting, (male) probably the most colorful bird in the Lowcountry. This one was with its’ mate for a short while deep in bushes. I’ll be back to try and get one out in the open!

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This is the spot I was standing when I took the recent photographs of the Osprey.

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Willet’s’ at the waters edge in the last light of the day.

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A very typical scene from the Lowcountry of South Carolina. An abundance of marshland provides an incredible habitat for wildlife. If one observes carefully, there is an abundance of birds and really interesting things to see. About six or seven feet from behind where I was standing to take this shot, was a colony of underground bees. I’d never seen them before. They create tunnels below the soil over quite an area - I’d say 4 x 8 feet on the surface, and possible bigger below! Fascinating!

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