Tag Archives: Animals

Armadillo Quadruplets

Referred to as pups, baby Nine-banded Armadillos almost always come in fours. The fertilized egg breaks into four identical zygotes, yielding quadruplets.

Juvenile Armadillo Quintuplets
Juvenile Armadillo Quintuplets, Just off the boardwalk

No adult was to be seen supervising this quartet of constant movement. They nurse for two to three months then gradually venture off on their own.

Juvenile Armadillo
Juvenile Armadillo, Standing up

Insects, larvae and other food found on or in the ground make up the Armadillo’s diet.

Juvenile Armadillo
Juvenile Armadillo

This fellow shows off his claw and snout, the tools used to maximize his grazing.

Juvenile Armadillo
Juvenile Armadillo

Francis Beidler Forest, SC
July 9, 2022

Marsh Rabbit

The dike across the big pond at Donnelley WMA was rife with Marsh Rabbits the last time I went.

Marsh Rabbit
Marsh Rabbit

I lost count around twenty.

Marsh Rabbit
Marsh Rabbit, Munching on Grass

I didn’t see this one until I was right beside him; I was more surprised he didn’t bolt.

Marsh Rabbit
Marsh Rabbit

This one did. Smart rabbit.

Marsh Rabbit
Marsh Rabbit – I’m outta here

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
July 3, 2022

Dolphin In Marsh

Seeing Dolphins never gets old…

Dolphin Pair in Marsh
Dolphin Pair in Marsh

There was an exceptionally high tide that morning, allowing Dolphin to explore beyond their normal range.

Dolphin Pair in Marsh Creek
Dolphin Pair in Marsh Creek

These Dolphin would have traveled more than ten miles from St. Helena Sound to reach this point. Follow all the twists and turns along the yellow line I’ve drawn:

Path of the Dolphin, Nine miles (14.5 KM) as the crow flies

This spot is a dead end for their travels.

Dolphin Pair in Marsh Creek
Dolphin Pair in Marsh Creek

The pair swirled around in this pool a few times then disappeared back the way the came.

Dolphin Pair in Marsh Creek
Dolphin Pair in Marsh Creek

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
May 15, 2022

Twin Lambs and a Single

Last year the first one lamb at Middleton Place was born April 7th so I was somewhat surprised when I stopped by on Monday, March 14th and was told “any day now.” I didn’t get back until Thursday, to find a single had been born on Tuesday and a set of twins arrived just that morning.

Twin Lambs, Born March 17
Twin Lambs, Born March 17

The twins were finishing up feeding when I got there and almost immediately collapsed into sleep.

Twin Lambs, Born March 17
Twin Lambs, Born March 17

The older one was more adventurous, spending some time under the shelter.

Single Lamb, Born March 15
Single Lamb, Born March 15

Then she checked out her new mates.

Single Lamb Checking Out The Twins
Single Lamb Checking Out The Twins

I look forward to photographing them as they grow, and hopefully in better light.

Single Lamb
Single Lamb

The twins having a look around.

Twin Lambs and Mama
Twin Lambs and Mama

Middleton Place BarnYard, Charleston, SC
March 17, 2022

 

Nine-banded Armadillo, Closer Up

As I passed the  Armadillo Pair I was able to get a few closer images of just one.

Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo

They spent most of their time rooting through the leaves and pine needles, searching out insects to eat.

Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo

Eventually, he meandered off into the woods leaving me with an interesting view of his segmented tail.

Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
July 23, 2021

Armadillo Pair

Usually when I see an Armadillo it is partially hidden by heavy brush or making a fast exit. This was one of the few times I’ve seen Armadillos out in the open and the first time I’ve seen a pair together.

Two Armadillos
Two Armadillos

They were just off a wooded walking path, very intent with their snouts to the ground.

Two Armadillos
Two Armadillos

As I walked towards them they didn’t give any indication they heard me.

Two Armadillos
Two Armadillos

They just kept rooting around in the pine needles as I passed by.

Two Armadillos
Two Armadillos

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
July 23, 2021

Bottlenose Dolphins Mating

Like nature shows on tv, our nature boat trip to Bird Key to see the Brown Pelican chicks included some mating. This time is was not birds, but Dolphins.

Bottlenose Dolphins Mating
Bottlenose Dolphins Mating

Our boat captain and guide spotted a pod of Dolphins on our return trip up the Kiawah River. He was quick to say he thought we’d also see some mating based on his interpretation of what we were seeing.

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Bottlenose Dolphins Mating

From our distance on a bobbing boat it was hard to say for sure, but scenes frozen by the camera tell the story. Before you scroll on I’ll tell you that even at a distance they are graphic. And amazing.

Bottlenose Dolphins Mating
Bottlenose Dolphins Mating
Bottlenose Dolphins Mating
Bottlenose Dolphins Mating
Bottlenose Dolphins Mating
Bottlenose Dolphins Mating
Bottlenose Dolphins Mating
Bottlenose Dolphins Mating
Bottlenose Dolphins Mating
Bottlenose Dolphins Mating

The gestation period for Bottlenose Dolphins is twelve months. Tune in a year from now and we may see a calf.

Bottlenose Dolphins Mating
Bottlenose Dolphins, other individuals from the pod were not far off during the mating

Kiawah River, SC
July 12, 2021