Tag Archives: Ocean

Tortoise on the Beach

At first I thought this was some kind of debris, then realized it was moving towards me, and at a pretty good clip.

Gopher Tortoise on Beach
Gopher Tortoise on Beach, Atlantic Ocean

I expected he would be heading for the sand dunes behind me: tortoises don’t swim.

Gopher Tortoise on Beach
Gopher Tortoise on Beach

Instead he made a turn and continued on at the water’s edge.

Gopher Tortoise on Beach
Gopher Tortoise on Beach

Talbot Islands State Parks, Florida
April 27, 2021

The gopher tortoise is one of five North American tortoise species and is the only tortoise naturally found east of the Mississippi River. Its range includes the southeastern Coastal Plain from southeastern Louisiana east to southern South Carolina, and south to Florida.  ~ Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

American Oystercatcher Flying Over Surf

This American Oystercatcher had been standing in the surf. He got a running start then smoothly took off with one full beat of his wings.

American Oystercatcher in Flight
American Oystercatcher in Flight

It was just after dawn and he was flying directly into the sun, which I think must not affect birds’ eyes the way it does mine.

American Oystercatcher in Flight
American Oystercatcher in Flight

The incoming tide created a nice series of waves behind the bird.

American Oystercatcher in Flight
American Oystercatcher in Flight

He let out a  squawk for good measure before he disappeared down the beach.

American Oystercatcher in Flight
American Oystercatcher in Flight

Ruddy Turnstone: Driftwood Framing

My position and timing were big factors in capturing these images of a Ruddy Turnstone exploring a barnacle covered tree.

Ruddy Turnstone on Driftwood
Ruddy Turnstone on Driftwood

The incoming tide was pretty calm, creating just a small splash behind the bird.

Ruddy Turnstone on Driftwood
Ruddy Turnstone on Driftwood

The bird was in almost constant motion, not waiting for the perfect combination of splash, his position, and my readiness.

Ruddy Turnstone on Driftwood
Ruddy Turnstone on Driftwood

Botany Bay Island, SC, August 4, 2019

Storm Is Brewing

Perched near the end of Sullivan’s Island, SC, overlooking Breach Inlet, these homes had a ring side seat as the sky and water reacted to approaching Hurricane Irma.

Sullivan's Island
Sullivan’s Island at Breach Inlet – Click photo for larger view

Taken 9/9/2017 — two days before Irma hit Charleston as a Tropical Storm with a storm surge higher than experienced last October during Hurricane Matthew.