Bear Island Doesn’t Disappoint.

I took a road trip because I wanted to see if the Ospreys I’d been watching for the past month had migrated yet. Turns out the answer is no.

It was a beautiful day with highs in the 80’s, lower humidity, and a light breeze. For the first time, I didn’t have to wear bug repellent. This Osprey is on the hunt, and flying very slowly into the wind. It gave me dozens of great opportunities for captures. It was about 20 yards away from me at the closet point.

I saw a lot of other birds too, including Mottled ducks, Blue Wing Teal, a Bald Eagle, Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Ibis, Great Blue Herons, Snowy and Great Egrets, and of course a good number of Tri-Colored Herons.

Adult Tri-Colored Heron, with juvenile in front of her.
Mottled Duck
Wood Stork
Blue Wing Teal
Coming right at me, butt first.
Three Wise Men
A group of Mottled Ducks explode from a creek as I walk past.
Poor quality shot, but a first for me: American Kestrel.

It was a great day just to alive, and to be in the field.

Published by Larry Maras

Nature Photographer in Summerville, SC.

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