Hot, humid, buggy. That describes much of our trip to Pawley's Island. But, as always, it was fun, too. This was a bit of an unscheduled trip for only a couple of days just to go to the coast. We spent a good deal of our time at Huntington Beach State Park looking at birds, if you can imagine. Got there early both mornings but not early enough for the outgoing tide, unfortunately. The bird activity was furious as was the photographer activity. The first morning we walked out on the boardwalk and encountered the heron (1-1) and the roseate (1-2) wading and having breakfast. The spoonbill was literally hoovering as with a vacuum cleaner! His head was going back and forth in great arcs. Guess that is how they get what they need with that big flat bill. There were a good many flying birds, like the tern (1-3) and John enjoyed practicing his actions shots.
We did go down to the beach where we saw some lovely sea oats (1-4) but nothing much else to see so we went back to the Causeway, which divided the ocean/marsh water from the fresh water ponds. One of the more fascinating things we saw was the gathering of wood storks. There were 2 or 3, then 5-6, then 8-10 then hoards gathered all in one spot! Images 1-5 and 1-7 are a couple from this group. What is not shown is that ultimately there were maybe 30 or 40, all in a line, moving as a unit across the mud plucking up stuff almost in unison. Funny stuff!
We did go find an old church ruin, Prince Frederick Church (1-8 and 9). It was abandoned after the Civil War and the rice plantations failed, and the main rotting building was torn down in 1966. This facade still stands along with a small cemetery. It is an Episcopal church and was once one with Prince George Winyah Parish in Georgetown (1-18). We were told they still have picnics and such on the grounds from time to time. We flew over Prince George on our way out of town so we wouldn't bother anyone early on a Sunday morning. The rest of the images are some of the birds we love to watch and an errant dragonfly we happened upon while looking at the alligators. It was a fun trip if not photographically inspiring on all fronts.