Tag Archives: Mammal

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

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

Dolphin Strand Feeding

Conditions shaped up nicely on Wednesday to head to Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island to observe Dolphins feeding. Timing was good, with low tide about 10:30am. Strand feeding, the method peculiar to this area of South Carolina’s coast where Dolphin drive fish to the shore, tends to happen two hours either side of the low tide.

For a couple of hours the light was good and I was pleased to get this sequence, which was much less vigorous than previous times I’ve witnessed this behavior. The Dolphin seemed to be lolling around in the shallow water, not zooming full speed ahead.

Dolphin Strand Feeding
Dolphin Strand Feeding

Other times I’ve seen this as a cooperative effort but this Dolphin was on her own.

Dolphin Strand Feeding
Dolphin Strand Feeding

My position and the shape of the sand bank cut off some of the action.

Dolphin Strand Feeding
Dolphin Strand Feeding

I got a little closer before the Dolphin flipped around and caught a fish.

Dolphin Strand Feeding
Dolphin Strand Feeding

Once again I was amazed the power of these animals which is evident in the splash of water and waves that rushed to shore.

Dolphin Strand Feeding
Dolphin Strand Feeding

It turns out that it was a good thing I went Wednesday. As of today all of the area beaches are closed due to Covid-19 concerns.

Pigs! Stop!

Ted spotted them when I was driving and of course yelled “stop!”  He got out of the car but I could not–it wasn’t a safe place to pull over plus I didn’t want to spook the pigs.

Wild Pigs
Wild Pigs

It was almost sunset with the sun was already down below the trees. I got a few images out the car window at a bad angle, in between watching out for cars running up behind us.

Wild Pigs
Wild Pigs

I was amazed how jet black this last little fellow was.

Wild Pigs
Wild Pigs

I expect Ted will have a variety of pictures and maybe a better story to tell.

Update: Ted’s version of events at TPJ Photo

Oliver, Truck Companion

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Oliver and his owner.

Oliver in Truck
Oliver in Truck

Oliver was buckled into the front seat of the truck for safety; they were about to head for home after a short road trip.

Oliver in Truck
Oliver in Truck

I got the impression that Oliver did not care where they were headed, he was quite happy to be along for the ride.

Oliver in Truck
Oliver in Truck

He looks a bit like a Huskie and clearly had eyes for his owner.

Oliver in Truck
Oliver in Truck

All ready here, just waiting on my pal.

Oliver in Truck
Oliver in Truck

Oliver had a clear view out the front, until nap time, which comes with a pillow in this well equipped truck.

Oliver in Truck
Oliver in Truck