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200 years old, still swinging: Bluffton community puts rice field tech to new use

Rice trunks were used to flood Lowcountry fields in the 18th century. Now, they’re being used to manage wetlands and create habitats for fish, flora and fauna.

David Lauderdale

Snapshot of the Lowcountry swimming against the tide

Deer swim more than a mile across the Cooper River to Daufuskie Island, but it’s another day at the office for Chris Shoemaker. The Bluffton waterman is so steeped in the Lowcountry, he may have gills. But his father who also made his living on the water is more concerned about the marvels of nature we no longer see.

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Swallow-tailed kites of Allendale, SC

Swallow-tailed kites are graceful, fork-tailed birds that put on astounding aerial displays each summer over farm fields and pastures near Allendale, S.C. They are less common than their familiar cousins, the Mississippi kites, and devilishly difficult to photograph.

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Photographing the swallow-tailed kites of Allendale, SC

Each summer, swallow-tailed kites converge upon the fields and pastures of Allendale, S.C., putting on an acrobatic flying show each morning as they snare insects buzzing just above the grass. Their antics attract birdwatchers and wildlife photographers from around the Southeast, but capturing them on camera can be difficult, as Don Wuori of the Carolina's Nature Photographers Association explains.

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Loggerhead on a mission

Hilton Head Island resident Ron Linden and friends were in prime position on Palmetto Dunes beach on July 25, 2016, to video a loggerhead turtle struggling, and finally succeeding, to make its way into the Atlantic.

Videos

Hilton Head dolphin cruising: Meet three famous (and adorable) local dolphins

Island Time Charters Captain Megan McLaughlin took Island Packet reporter Mandy Matney on an adventure to meet local dolphins. Meet Stu, Nick, and Cheerio, who we found in Palmetto Bay Marina.
Mandy Matney/ mmatney@islandpacket.com (with clips from Island Life HH Photography)
Hilton Head dolphin cruising: Meet three famous (and adorable) local dolphins 1:34

Hilton Head dolphin cruising: Meet three famous (and adorable) local dolphins

Fishing in the Lowcountry? You'll probably catch a shark 0:30

Fishing in the Lowcountry? You'll probably catch a shark

Photographing the swallow-tailed kites of Allendale, SC 1:14

Photographing the swallow-tailed kites of Allendale, SC

Loggerhead on a mission 0:27

Loggerhead on a mission