Coastal Encounters

Great weekend just ended.  Visited with my parents in coastal South Carolina and also my brother Jeff and wife Vic.  We launched his boat and Jeff navigated to Harbortown, where we swam just off South Beach.  We were joined by a very curious and friendly dolphin who gave us the once-over.  Since we were already in the water, Jackie figured she could get a bit closer, but the dolphin remained cautious.  Jeff snapped these two shots quickly .. how cool.

Jackie's dolphin encounter

Jackie’s dolphin encounter

Dolphin checking us out

Dolphin checking us out

We circled around Daufuskie Island on the way back, although we had to wait for the tide to rush in to make it over a sandbar blocking the way.  Heading for the May River sandbar “Redneck Riviera” we spotted a few wood storks in flight, among the many other egrets and herons.  Later in the weekend I watched a Mississippi Kite circling the pond next to my parents house, (along with osprey, herons, ibis and egrets) but alas my photo doesn’t do the bird justice.  Much more of a grey head and body than the Swallowtail Kite, and not the forked tail.  Great bird.  I am getting a new appreciation for wildlife photographers, as I struggle to get these birds in the lens and in focus.  Ah, well.

Wood storks in flight

Wood storks in flight

Mississippi Kite

Mississippi Kite

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