Category Archives: Animals

Three Little Lambs, 1

I’ve made numerous trips to see the sheep at Middleton Place over the last couple weeks, looking forward to the arrival of some lambs. May 5th was the official day the barnyard workers were giving for the four pregnant sheep in their care to deliver.

Finally, on May 9th, I found three lambs: one had been born on May 7th, and a set of twins had been born that morning.

Two Lambs with their Mothers
Two Lambs with their Mothers

The three lambs were pretty active and getting them all in one shot wasn’t happening. Notice the extra curly textured coat on the lamb on the right.

Two Newborn Lambs
Two Newborn Lambs

The families have been given a pen of their own, where they’ll stay for a few weeks. The rest of the flock spends nights in the pen on the left and days free-roaming the property; the Cashmere Goats are to the right.

Three Newborn Lambs
Three Newborn Lambs

The little ones mostly followed their own mother, legs a bit wobbly.

Newborn Lamb At Mother's Side
Newborn Lamb At Mother’s Side

They were also a bit curious about the humans watching them.

Newborn Lamb
Newborn Lamb

Cashmere Goat, Dinner Time

I stopped by the Middleton Place stable yard just as the Cashmere Goats were having their dinner.

Cashmere Goat, Feeding
Cashmere Goat, Feeding

One of the pair was plopped in the middle of their manger, hogging the hay and  taking advantage of a padded eating spot.

Cashmere Goat, Feeding
Cashmere Goat, Feeding

The standing goat went for a drink then shared his take on the situation.

Cashmere Goat
Cashmere Goat

Middleton Place Heritage Stable yard
April 5, 2021

Sheep-pede, Part 2

The Sheep bolted for the barnyard after the Sheep-pede and seeing the pressure washer. Their caretaker went back to the barn, too, for some grain. Clearly the group was won over and towards their pen they trooped.

Sheep and Farmer
Sheep and Farmer

Except these two that stayed behind cleaning up some grain that got spilt by the group leaders.

Two Sheep Cleaning Up Spilt Grain
Two Sheep Cleaning Up Spilt Grain

The shepherd continued to call and one of the two wanted to be with the group more than he wanted a snack.

Running Sheep
Running Sheep

The final hold out was determined to do a thorough job.

One Last Sheep
One Last Sheep – Cleaning Up

Then he scampered along to join his pals.

One Last Sheep - Wait For Me
One Last Sheep – Wait For Me

Sheep-pede

A low key stampede, but these sheep were on a mission.

As part of their Heritage Breeds program Middleton Place maintains a herd of Gulf Coast Sheep that roam the grounds freely during the day.

Herd of Sheep Herd of Sheep

Every afternoon the animal staff go through a process of securing the animals for the night.

Herd of Sheep Herd of Sheep – Getting Closer, Me not ready with 100-400 mm lens!

The sheep know the routine and easily headed towards their enclosure when it was their turn.

Herd of Sheep Herd of Sheep

They got a surprise when they got closer to their nighttime quarters and decided they would mill around rather than go by a pressure-washer that a worker had been using to clean fence that evidently hadn’t been there when they left that morning.

Herd of Sheep, Milling Around Herd of Sheep, Milling Around

Tree Frogs, Big and Small

Tree Frogs seem to be hanging around everywhere this month, including reeds in the swamp.

Two Tree Frogs on Reed
Two Tree Frogs on Reed

This pair found a reed to their liking at the edge of the swamp for a nap.

Two Tree Frogs on Reed
Two Tree Frogs on Reed

Neither one showed any acknowledgement of my presence.

Two Tree Frogs on Reed
Two Tree Frogs on Reed

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School’s Out

I became aware of the water’s surface moving as I watched a Green Heron fly away.

Bugs? No.

Tidal Inlet
Tidal Inlet

Then, wham a school of fish exploded out of the water.

School of Fish Jumping
School of Fish Jumping

Fortunately for me they repeated this frenzy multiple times.

School of Fish Jumping
School of Fish Jumping

One or two much larger fish seemed to be pursuing the smaller ones.

School of Fish Jumping
School of Fish Jumping

The smaller ones must have been getting their own lunch, because they kept coming back when they very easily could have swam back down the creek.

School of Fish Jumping
School of Fish Jumping

The brick and stone work supports a culvert under a dike that controls water flow into the main pond at Magnolia Cemetery.

School of Fish Jumping
School of Fish Jumping

This creek is tidal, about 1/2 mile (0.8 KM) as the crow flies to the Cooper River, just west of Charleston’s Ravenel Bridge.