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Birding the swamps

We turned off the main road following the sign to Magnolia Plantation, the site of a historic plantation house and gardens.

Magnolia Plantation

The entrance as we drove under an archway of trees dripping with Spanish moss was impressive

Ruth in shorts

But no, we weren't about to indulge in some culture, we were here to visit the Audubon Swamp Gardens!


Seems like we weren't the only ones enjoying the swamps!

Black crowned Night Heron

The boardwalk enabled us to get very close to the residents, such as this handsome Black-crowned Night-Heron...

Wood Duck pair

... and this pair of normally flighty Wood Duck...

Alan and Alligator

... not to mention the inevitable alligator!

Alligator back

Want a closer view?

White Ibis and juvenile

Some birds were just as curious about us, such as this male White Ibis and juvenile...

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... but other locals preferred loafing around in the sunshine...


... while others only paused for a second.

Blue Heron nest

Thanks to the boardwalk, we could get very close to the heronry here without disturbing the birds. This Little Blue Heron looked pretty comfortable on its nest.


The view from the top floor may be ok, but would you want to be underneath?!

Plenty more photos still to come of our birding adventures along the South Carolina coast so do check back for more!


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