Friday, July 16, 2010

Pelicans at dusk

Folly Field Beach on Hilton Head

Friday, July 9, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Birdfeeder Bandit

Recently while visiting family in the Preserve at Indigo Run, we caught a beautiful white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus hiltonensis) feasting on bird seed from a birdfeeder that hangs from shepherds hook approximately 4 feet from the ground. Despite the fact that she could see us through the kitchen window, she was determined to get to the feeder and enjoy an easy meal. Apparently this was not the first time she has done this - however since emptying the feeder the other evening, the deer has not been back to see if any refills have been served!

Video clip of the Birdfeeder Bandit

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sea Turtle Nesting on Hilton Head Island

Great news for the local ecology! See "County sea turtle nests near record levels"

Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Manatees in Hilton Head

Although I have never had the privilige of seeing a manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) in Hilton Head waters, these gentle and endangered creatures do make their way into Skull Creek and Broad Creek. They are slow moving and nonthreating which makes them vulnerable to injury from boats and other motorized watercraft. Kayaking is a great way to see wildlife that will not injure manatees or other animals and fish while exploring on the water!