Tag Archives: Animals

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

Water Buffalo: Breakfast!

The Water Buffalo pair at Middleton Place spend their nights in an enclosed paddock at the back of the stable yard area. I arrived one recent morning just in time to see them let out into their daytime space, and breakfast.

Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo, Mallard Pair

A pair of Mallards interrupted their morning stroll as the first beast skipped on by.

Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo

Yes, he was practically skipping with happiness.

Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo

Evidently he had the hangries!

Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo

Three Little Lambs, 3

I’ve now taken hundreds of pictures of the three little lambs investigating their world; here’s a selection from April 21st.

Three Lambs
Three Lambs

The moms know it is almost feeding time; the lambs — well two of them — have their interest piqued, too.

Three Lambs
Three Lambs

The lambs are now getting a share of their moms’ grain.

Three Lambs, Moms Eating Grain
Three Lambs, Moms Eating Grain

The lambs aren’t yet as diligent about getting their grain.

Lamb, Peaking Over Two Moms
Lamb, Peaking Over Two Moms

Just cute!

Lamb
Lamb

 

Single lamb was born on April 7th, and the set of twins was born April 9th.

 

Lambing Around

I visited the lambs at Middleton Place on April 17th and gave a chuckle when I saw this scene of the 9 day old cutie using snuggling up with mom.

Lamb Laying on Mother Ewe
Lamb Laying on Mother Ewe

A chuckle, not an outright laugh, because I could not spot the twin lamb.

Lamb Climbing on Mother Ewe
Lamb Climbing off Mother Ewe

After junior 1 settled on the ground for another nap I could just see another white tuft behind mom. Phew!

Lamb Using Mother Ewe As Pillow
Lamb Using Mother Ewe As Pillow

Junior 2 had been nestled in on mom’s other side.

Twin Lambs
Twin Lambs

She took a little stroll and it wasn’t long before they both hopped up to join her.

Twin Lambs and Ewe
Twin Lambs and Ewe

Sheep On The Lawn, Middleton Place

The sheep have free run of the lawn in front of the House Museum at Middleton Place.

 House Museum, South Flanker, With Sheep on the Lawn
House Museum, South Flanker, With Sheep on the Lawn

A brick fence keeps them out of the Azaleas and garden areas.

Sheep on the Lawn, Azaleas
Sheep on the Lawn, Azaleas

Most of the time the flock is pretty sedate, but occasionally one and then all will think they need to investigate something. Sheep, the original FOMO (fear of missing out) creatures.

Sheep on the Lawn, Azaleas
Sheep on the Lawn, Azaleas