Tuesday, November 29, 2016

WeekiWachee Preserve - September 11, 2016

A slow birding day, and still extremely hot!  I could only stay out about 45 minutes before it got too hot for me.  I did not find many birds, but there was a beautiful cluster of liatris filled with over 20 butterflies, including several different species.

Sawgrass Lake - September 10, 2016

After the storm there were reports of many "fallout" birds at Sawgrass Lake.  Even though it has been over a week, I think there were still a few around.  There was a good variety, but not many of each species.  The best find was a dark morph short-tailed hawk perched in a tree.  I have seen these several times before, but never perched.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunrise at Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island - September 6, 2016

I took these with a Canon point and shoot camera rather than my usual Sony DSLR.  I woke up early to get a time lapse of sunrise with my GoPro camera and was more focused on the video than on photography today.  Still got some colorful shots!

Savnannah Ghost Tour - September 5, 2016

This ghost tour had a much bigger budget than the St. Simons tour, which makes sense since they are in a big city and have more customers.  One cool thing was we were allowed to go in this old haunted house where Juliette Gordon Lowe's parents lived, and the place where she died. Normally you aren't allowed to take photos, but for some reason during the ghost tour it is okay.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Savannah by Boat - September 5, 2016

This was a great way to see the city.  I have also taken boat tours of Chattanooga in 2012 and Charleston, just this past July.  Fort Jackson, which we took a tour of last year, did a cannon firing for us.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Birding St. Andrews Beach, Jekyll Island - September 5, 2016

According to Ebird, this beach is the best birding on the island.  Right now, it is quite a walk to get there, but I noticed they were building another entrance right near where the birds hang out.  I am not sure if that is a good thing or not!

Ghost Tour, St. Simon - September 4, 2016

Nice trolley ride around the island.  Fun to do a night tour.

Birding St. Simons Beaches - September 4, 2016

Went around to several beaches along the St. Simons coast this afternoon.  One area in particular, there were so many plovers along with a few other shorebirds.  A few of the piping plovers even had bands on them.
baby mocking bird
Eastern Kingbird flock
semipalmated plover (above) & banded piping plover (below)