Frank Pinto of Bluffton took this photo of a reflection of an egret, in a lagoon, turned up-side down. Submitted photo
Wood storks and egrets frolic on a mud bank with two oyster beds in the background in this photo by Jean Tanner. Submitted photo
An oyster covered mound hardly leaves a safe place to put a foot down, notes photographer Jean Tanner. Submitted photo
One recent morning, a co-worker alerted Hilton Head Island birdwatcher and blogger Karen Marts that a small bird was lying still on the front porch. She grabbed a box and gently picked it up. "It was bleeding inside its beak, and one leg was not able to support
the birdâ™s weight," Marts reported. "I called Kathy Greider asking if the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society had a protocol for hurt birds. She was kind enough to call Birds of Prey for me. I gave him a bit of water and granola bar, which of course is not part of this birdâ™s normal diet of 60 percent insects, 40 percent fruit." The bird eventually dozed off, and she put the gray catbird back outside. The Birds of Prey center suggested the cirlce of life must continue. The bird's wings and tail feathers were unharmed, "so it gave me hope that he could fly to his nest and survive with a limp," Marts wrote.
They parted ways.
She returned the next morning with food in water, just in case, but "the beautiful gray bird must have made it to safety." Submitted photo
Karen Marts also took this photo, also of a gray catbird, at the Audubon Newhall Preserve. Submitted photo
An alligator basks in the sunset in Broomfield Creek in this photo by Cindy-lou Crowder. Submitted photo
Karen Marts took a photo of this pileated woodpecker, which she spotted near a recycling station on the north end of Hilton Head Island. Submitted photo
Ellen DuFour took this photo one morning late last month in a Middleton Place rice field. Submitted photo
Gail Andersen took a photo of this anole that visits her planter at her Long Cove home each day. Submitted photo