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I recently visited my brother and sister-in-law, who live in North Carolina, and we all took a trip down to St. Augustine (stopping in Savannah GA along the way), and then to Little St. Simons Island, a Nature Conservancy property and eco-resort just off the coast of southeast Georgia (https://www.littlestsimonsisland.com). Here are some photos from that expedition; I may follow this up with some more photos if they turn out OK.
Adult Brown Pelican, with some additional bling, a leg band. Dunno who bands pelicans on this coast, but I’m betting it is a hot and smelly enterprise.
Florida Gopher Tortoise, an endangered species, entering its burrow on the back side of some coastal dunes.
Adult Red-shouldered Hawk. These seem to be calm and tame birds in general, but this one was well beyond that, allowing a very close approach. It may still be on that same wire, for all I know.
The live oaks on this island have some of the most amazing collections of Spanish Moss that I have ever seen
Bald Eagle perched along the waterway, seen from the boat on the way to Little St. Simon’s Island.
Tricolored Heron, yawning. These were formerly called Louisiana Herons, and may still be called that if you have an older field guide.
Boat-tailed Grackle. These coastal versions of the inland Great-tailed Grackles were starting to exhibit courtship behavior, and they all looked quite stunning in their spring finery.
Black Skimmers resting on the beach at low tide. A few of these odd birds winter in the area, but are definitely more common in the summer, so I was happy to find some!