Soaring Bald Eagle ©2014 Claudia Ward
I've finally found some time to process a few images from our time around the waters of Hilton Head, SC last month. I would never have imagined that I'd see so much wild life around this island resort but once I looked at the map I should not have been surprised. The Pinckney Island National Wildlife Reserve is a sizeable island wedged between Hilton Head and the mainland. In addition, there are rivers crossing many of the private living communities and these are populated with beautiful shore birds, alligators, and even crabs. The latter two may not be very pretty but it was fun catching a glimpse of them - up only so close and personal.
Alligator © 2014 Claudia Ward
Crab © 2014 Claudia Ward
Before we arrived, our hostess asked if we'd be interested in taking a two hour boat tour of the rivers and estuaries around Hilton Head. Peter and I love getting on the water and agreed immediately. The day was selected, the boat and captain reserved, and payment was made. When the morning broke, late-Winter temperatures were still upon us rather than the warm Spring-like weather we'd hoped for. But undeterred, we donned our blue jeans, turtlenecks and wind-breakers hoping this would ward off any real chill.
Bald Eagle © 2014 Claudia Ward
Not! Despite the bright skies, the brisk north wind rushing across winter-cold waters chilled us all to the bone but we were still intent upon seeing as much of the wild life and landscapes of the estuaries around Hilton Head as possible. Focusing on taking pictures helped but I wasn't very optomistic about what the results would be given the motion of the boat, the winds and my frozen fingers. I'm here to report however that I've been pleasantly surprised. We saw several pods of dolphins - the fin-photos of which I found quite uninspiring; however, we came upon an eagle perched atop a pile of oysters, eyeing a bothersome egret and soon there after they were off. The chase and skirmish were all too quick but I fortunately trained my camera on the eagle and look what I was able to capture.
Soaring Bald Eagle II ©2014 Claudia Ward