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Posted By:vachist
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2008-10-29 14:33:52
It's magical .... boats lying asleep, waiting for the tide to wake them up. Would this be Tenby, Wales?
2008-10-21 11:24:50
Georgia’s coast this time of year is a birdwatcher’s dream. Hundreds of thousands of songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors and other feathered creatures are migrating along the shore, following the Atlantic flyway to their winter homes as far south as South America. This annual spectacle of nature is what drew my wife, Laura, and me and some 2,000 other bird lovers last weekend to Jekyll Island for the 6th annual Georgia’s Colonial Coast Birding & Nature Festival. It’s fast becoming one of the nation’s largest birding events for experienced birders as well as beginners. Attendees had more than 50 field trips, all led by experts, from which to choose and see the birds in their natural splendor —- including outings to surrounding barrier islands, rivers, marshes and other natural areas. Over the years, many of the field trips have become so popular that they are filled within minutes after online registration opens in late August. On our first outing, Laura and I joined several other festival-goers and paddled kayaks from St. Simons Island to the southern tip of Sea Island, where we walked a stretch of the beach. On the sandy expanse were shorebirds typically found on Georgia’s beaches this time of year (but not in the summer, when they nest as far north as the Canadian Arctic) —- least sandpiper, semipalmated sandpiper, sanderling, dunlin and piping plover. Overhead, a large flock of black-bellied plovers flew by. Then, our leader, naturalist Stacia Hendricks, shouted: “Peregrine falcon flying over.” Through our binoculars, we followed the magnificent, swift-moving bird as it sped over the surf. Several peregrine falcons spend the winter on Georgia’s coast, where their favorite winter food is shorebirds. Nothing causes more panic among a flock of shorebirds than an approaching peregrine. Back in our kayaks, we paddled with the rising tide up scenic Postell Creek that twists and turns through a St. Simons salt marsh known as Bloody Marsh. It was made famous in 1742 when British forces under Gen. James Oglethorpe repulsed Spanish invaders in a bloody battle there. As we paddled up the creek, diamondback terrapins —- the only reptiles native to the salt marsh —- poked their little heads out of the water. Seaside sparrows, which in the spring build their simple, open-cup nests in expanses of Spartina, or marsh grass, flitted about. Boat-tailed grackles, with their dark, blackish plumage and long tails, flapped overhead. Small flocks of red-winged blackbirds occasionally descended into the Spartina, presumably after insects living on the marsh grass. The marsh itself was shedding its bright, mint-green color of summer and taking on its golden brown hue of fall, like a big field of ripening wheat. Individual Spartina stalks sported their tiny white flowers of fall or already had turned to seed. For information on kayaking to natural areas on Georgia’s coast, visit www.southeastadventure.com. Shrimp and birds On another bird-watching outing, several other birders, Laura and I boarded a much larger vessel, a 60-foot shrimp boat named Lady Jane that owner Larry Credle of Brunswick converted into a charter boat. As is the case with many Georgia shrimpers, high fuel costs and low prices for wild shrimp have forced Credle to find new uses for his boat. On a four-hour trip through and around the Marshes of Glynn made famous by poet Sidney Lanier, we spied more than 30 bird species. Shortly after leaving the dock in Brunswick, we saw a flock of 23 wood storks (an endangered species) on a small hammock, or marsh island. On another hammock, we saw a beautiful, pinkish-colored roseate spoonbill perched on a tree. As Giff Beaton says in his book “Birds of Georgia,” “roseate spoonbills sport a bizarre mix of flamingo pink attire, an almost grotesque featherless head and a long paddle-shaped bill reminiscent of duck-billed dinosaur fossils.” Spoonbills were hunted nearly to extinction in the 1800s to supply fashionable ladies with fancy fans. As Credle piloted the La
2008-10-21 07:21:02
I was not insulting this picture. I was only wondering what was so special about it? It's surprising that none of the (142 fans so far) of this picture have complimented it or explained what's so appealing about it.
2008-10-20 21:52:35
It's the same with 'artemis' or 'eibar'!! They upload a pic and just a few minutes later (!) they've got 15 vor 20 votes or even more - for quite ordinary pictures!!!
2008-10-20 21:44:50
it's strange
2008-10-20 21:43:30
I'm curious to know why this picture has so many votes? I know it's a nice picture but seventy votes already?