Untamed Lowcountry

  • Fort Pulaski signficant site for both history, birdwatching

    Posted by JEFF KIDD on August 23, 2014

    Fort Pulaski, near Tybee Island, Ga., holds historical significance ... and a lot of interesting birds, as well. The site is one of The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette's 10 best birding spots in the Lowcountry. Noted Lowcountry birder Diana Churchill explains the significance of Pulaski.

    Fort Pulaski National Monument, situated along the Savannah River just a few miles from its junction with the Atlantic Ocean, was the site of an important Civil War battle, history that is memorialized and preserved today. But Fort Pulaski is also a significant natural area -- significant enough to be included on the list of the Lowcountry's 10 Best Spots for Birding .

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  • Untamed Lowcountry readers-submitted gallery week of Aug. 18

    Posted on August 22, 2014

    Mary Alice Tartler of Hilton Head Island is a first-times submitter to Untamed Lowcountry. "Sometimes I don't even know what I am taking a picture of (species,) and I depend on birding friends to help identify when I need it," Mary Alice writes. "My photography skills are only so-so, but sometimes I get lucky." More than luck seems to be at play in Mary Alice's submissions, however. Check out this northern bluebird and the next couple of bird photos.

    It's the height of summer, which might explain the preponderance of insect and moth photos in this week's Untamed Lowcountry reader gallery. Baby sea turtles, whistling ducks and several excellent bird photos by a new contributor also are included. If you want to contribute to a future Untamed Lowcountry reader gallery, email your jpeg images to Managing Editor Jeff Kidd at jkidd@beaufortgazette.com. You must own rights to any photos you submit and agree to allow the newspaper to publish them.

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  • Endangered woodpeckers highlight species at Webb Wildlife Center

    Posted by JEFF KIDD on August 18, 2014

    Webb Wildlife Center is among The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette's list of the Lowcountry's 10 Best Birding Spots. Find out why.

    The sap oozing down pine trunks is a sticky sign of the Webb Wildlife Center's significance as a bird habitat. 

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  • Why does this alligator stand on its hind legs ... then jump?

    Posted by JEFF KIDD on August 18, 2014

    An alligator at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge jumps vertically to attack a white ibis chick.

    Karen Marts had just arrived at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge and was making a video of white ibis chicks sitting on their nests with their parents. As she shot, an alligator crept below branches to her left. It had the ibises in its sights, too.

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  • Alligator Attacks White Ibis Chick & Jumps Vertically at Pinckney Island

    Posted on August 18, 2014

    An alligator at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge jumps vertically to attack a white ibis chick.

    An alligator at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge jumps vertically to attack a white ibis chick.

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  • Harris Neck NWR played important role in wood storks' resurgence

    Posted by JEFF KIDD on August 14, 2014

    A wood stork flies over Harris Neck NWR. Wood storks were recently taken off the federal endangered species list, in a ceremony held at Harris Neck.

    Wood storks were so thick on the cyress boughs where they made their nests that Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge seemed to have been struck by a pop-up blizzard. Of course, the mid-summer heat melted that illusion during my visit there in early July, but the population on the refuge's Woody Pond was so large, it was nearly impossible to imagine wood storks were ever endangered.

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