Lately, I've been skunked every time I pick up a camera. Rain. Low light. Full foliage. I might have a decent eye for photography, but my technical skills are seriously lacking. So bad weather usually means I return from the outdoors with an SD card full of under-exposed, muddy, slightly out of focus photos of birds and other wildlife.
Thus, you know how thankful I was -- the day after Thanksgiving, no less -- to spend a bright, sunshiny day at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area with my camera and my wife.
We spotted 51 bird species during six hours roaming a diverse ACE Basin landscape that includes salt marsh, managed rice fields, freshwater marsh, swamp, river, mudflats, forest, farmland and fields. ... With the exception of beach, if you can find it in the Lowcountry, you can find it at Donnelley.
That's one reason a panel assembled by The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette deemed the property, which is managed by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, one of the Lowcountry’s 10 Best Spots for Birding.
The accompanying gallery contains a few highlights from the day -- a bald eagle, a green heron that we patiently waited to emerge from a heavily covered bank, and a few bluebirds against, well, a bluebird sky.
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