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Along the Causeway

The causeway at Huntington Beach State Park is a great place even if you don’t have a lot of time. Today was another rainy, grey, dreary kind of day and I took advantage in a break in the rain to make a run to the causeway. It was also low tide so I was hopeful that there would be a lot of feeding activity from the local birds. I was also hopeful that I would see a Rosette Spoonbill as one has been seen the past several days.

Much to my disappointment there was not a lot of activity AND the Spoonbill had not made an appearance, at least not while I was there. I was able to get a few shots and thought I would share them with you.

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Great Egret

Formerly known as the “American Egret,” “Common Egret,” “Large Egret,” “White Egret,” “Great White Egret,” and “Great White Heron,” this bird’s official name in North America is now Great Egret. One of the most magnificent of our herons, it has fortunately recovered from historic persecution by plume hunters. But it is still not out of danger: The destruction of wetlands, especially in the West where colonies are few and widely scattered, poses a current threat to these majestic birds. Like the Great Blue Heron, it usually feeds alone, stalking fish, frogs, snakes, and crayfish in shallow water. Each summer many individuals, especially young ones, wander far north of the breeding grounds.

While making a quick run through Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, this afternoon, I spotted a Great Egret who had just caught a fingerling mullet. I was able to get a quick shot off and capture the event before the little mullet disappeared “down the hatch”.

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Great Egrets

This long-legged, S-necked white bird is found throughout the Americas and around much of the world. It is typically the largest white egret occurring anywhere in its range (only the white-colored form of the great blue heron is larger).

Great egrets are found near water, salt or fresh, and feed in wetlands, streams, ponds, tidal flats, and other areas. They snare prey by walking slowly or standing still for long periods, waiting for an animal to come within range of their long necks and blade-like bills. The deathblow is delivered with a quick thrust of the sharp bill, and the prey is swallowed whole. Fish are a dietary staple, but great egrets use similar techniques to eat amphibians, reptiles, mice, and other small animals.

These birds nest in trees, near water and gather in groups called colonies, which may include other heron or egret species. They are monogamous, and both parents incubate their three to four eggs. Young egrets are aggressive towards one another in the nest, and stronger siblings often kill their weaker kin so that not all survive to fledge in two to three weeks.

The great egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society and represents a conservation success story. The snowy white bird’s beautiful plumage made it far too popular in 19th-century North America. Great egrets were decimated by plume hunters who supplied purveyors of the latest ladies’ fashions. Their populations plunged by some 95 percent. Today the outlook is much brighter. The birds have enjoyed legal protection over the last century, and their numbers have increased substantially.

This image was captured at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Enjoy!

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And Then…..

After I shot the sunset, I looked behind me and shot this!

 

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Huntington Beach Sunset

It seems to me that there are not a lot of places nearby where one can shoot decent sunsets. There are lots of places for really nice sunrise shots, it just seems that locations for sunsets are lacking. This evening I decided to stop along the causeway at Huntington Beach State Park to make some sunset images. Here’s one of them, hope you enjoy!

 

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A Little IR Fun on Labor Day

Sea Oats at Huntington Beach State Park this morning. Having Photo fun with my daughter!

 

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Day 237

Late evening stroll along the beach. Huntington Beach State Park. Sunset as seen through the Sea Oats. iPhone photo, tweaked in Topaz.

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Huntington Beach State Park – Panorama

Just the other day I needed to get out and shoot a few scenics. I ended up at Huntington Beach State Park. As I went across the causeway, I looked to the south and decided that I needed to go to the southern-most observation deck. So I drove to the visitors center, parked ol’ blue, grabbed my faithful Canon and hniked through the woods to the aforementioned observation post. Carefully walking out on the observation deck I was able to witness what a beautiful day we had been given. This was too good to waste on one image, so I took four images and when back home stitched them together to form a panorama. Here is is. Let me know if you like it!

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