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Exploring Santee State Park at Dawn

Although the Santee Birding and Wildlife Festival had officially ended, that wasn't going to stop us making the most of every minute we had in the area.

Dawn at Santee State Park

Dawn over the lake, what a beautiful area!

Cabin in the woods

We were staying in a cosy cabin in a wooded part of the Santee State Park...

... which we were sharing with quite a few neighbours!

White tailed Deer

White-tailed deer grazing right outside our front door

Barred Owl 1

Barred Owl gazed down at us from a nearby tree

Great Crested Flycatcher 2

Great Crested Flycatcher was a regular sight in the bushes beside the cabin

Blue Jay 1

Blue Jay may be a common bird here but that doesn't mean it's any less striking!

Fox Squirrel

Grey Squirrels were very common but we also saw their larger cousin, Fox Squirrel

Lounging Lizard

We caught sight of this lizard pausing in contemplation ...

Lizard Love

... he clearly had love on his mind, well it is spring!


This Monarch was taking advantage of the sun's increasing warmth

Eastern Bluebird 2

So was this Eastern Bluebird, another regular sighting around here

Painted Bunting 1

Sadly this bird wasn't hanging around to be photographed right now. But did we have more luck later?

It was time to tear ourselves away from Santee but more birding adventures in South Carolina awaited us.....


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