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May 12, 2022 11:58:02   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Although Hilton Head Island has wonderful wildlife photo ops, my favorite venue is Pinckney Island, the main part of the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR).* I visited the island twice during this trip. I like to arrive at sunrise when the island opens to get golden hour shots. This first visit had good points and bad. The day was overcast, so I did not get any direct early sun shots lighting the area or birds. However, the overcast allowed me to capture the bright mating colors.

These posts show the many different species on the island. I will post action sequences and BIFs later.

My favorite shooting spot is Ibis Pond, a rookery about .7 of a mile in. No vehicles are allowed, so my gear and I can make it to Ibis Pond, but you will have to rely on younger shooters for scenes of the many other ponds on the island.

Comments and suggestions are welcomed.

* Pinckney Island has a history as a plantation, Civil War Union troop camp and shooting preserve. In 1975 the islands in the present refuge were donated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for use as a preserve.


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May 12, 2022 11:59:58   #
photophile Loc: Lakewood, Ohio, USA
 
UTMike wrote:
Although Hilton Head Island has wonderful wildlife photo ops, my favorite venue is Pinckney Island, the main part of the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR).* I visited the island twice during this trip. I like to arrive at sunrise when the island opens to get golden hour shots. This first visit had good points and bad. The day was overcast, so I did not get any direct early sun shots lighting the area or birds. However, the overcast allowed me to capture the bright mating colors.

These posts show the many different species on the island. I will post action sequences and BIFs later.

My favorite shooting spot is Ibis Pond, a rookery about .7 of a mile in. No vehicles are allowed, so my gear and I can make it to Ibis Pond, but you will have to rely on younger shooters for scenes of the many other ponds on the island.

Comments and suggestions are welcomed.

* Pinckney Island has a history as a plantation, Civil War Union troop camp and shooting preserve. In 1975 the islands in the present refuge were donated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for use as a preserve.
Although Hilton Head Island has wonderful wildlife... (show quote)


Gorgeous egret!

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May 12, 2022 12:12:33   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
photophile wrote:
Gorgeous egret!


Thanks, Karin, they are very colorful now.

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May 12, 2022 12:29:12   #
kmpankopf Loc: Mid-Michigan; SW Pennsylvania
 
Very nice Egret. Excellent set.

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May 12, 2022 12:37:43   #
Horseart Loc: Alabama
 
UTMike wrote:
Although Hilton Head Island has wonderful wildlife photo ops, my favorite venue is Pinckney Island, the main part of the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR).* I visited the island twice during this trip. I like to arrive at sunrise when the island opens to get golden hour shots. This first visit had good points and bad. The day was overcast, so I did not get any direct early sun shots lighting the area or birds. However, the overcast allowed me to capture the bright mating colors.

These posts show the many different species on the island. I will post action sequences and BIFs later.

My favorite shooting spot is Ibis Pond, a rookery about .7 of a mile in. No vehicles are allowed, so my gear and I can make it to Ibis Pond, but you will have to rely on younger shooters for scenes of the many other ponds on the island.

Comments and suggestions are welcomed.

* Pinckney Island has a history as a plantation, Civil War Union troop camp and shooting preserve. In 1975 the islands in the present refuge were donated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for use as a preserve.
Although Hilton Head Island has wonderful wildlife... (show quote)



Oh my goodness Mike, you struck it rich. I love the Egrets in full mating color and they are all just fantastic photos! Nice work!!!

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May 12, 2022 12:52:53   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
kmpankopf wrote:
Very nice Egret. Excellent set.


Thanks, Kurt, the egrets are the major bird in the rookery.

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May 12, 2022 12:53:21   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Horseart wrote:
Oh my goodness Mike, you struck it rich. I love the Egrets in full mating color and they are all just fantastic photos! Nice work!!!


I appreciate your encouragement, Jo.

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May 12, 2022 13:13:12   #
Bigmike1 Loc: I am from Gaffney, S.C. but live in Utah.
 
You know, I was born and raised in South Carolina but have never been to Hilton Head. Great shots.

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May 12, 2022 14:00:16   #
joecichjr Loc: Chicago S. Suburbs, Illinois, USA
 
UTMike wrote:
Although Hilton Head Island has wonderful wildlife photo ops, my favorite venue is Pinckney Island, the main part of the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR).* I visited the island twice during this trip. I like to arrive at sunrise when the island opens to get golden hour shots. This first visit had good points and bad. The day was overcast, so I did not get any direct early sun shots lighting the area or birds. However, the overcast allowed me to capture the bright mating colors.

These posts show the many different species on the island. I will post action sequences and BIFs later.

My favorite shooting spot is Ibis Pond, a rookery about .7 of a mile in. No vehicles are allowed, so my gear and I can make it to Ibis Pond, but you will have to rely on younger shooters for scenes of the many other ponds on the island.

Comments and suggestions are welcomed.

* Pinckney Island has a history as a plantation, Civil War Union troop camp and shooting preserve. In 1975 the islands in the present refuge were donated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for use as a preserve.
Although Hilton Head Island has wonderful wildlife... (show quote)


Utter photographic perfection πŸ†πŸ†πŸŒΏπŸ†πŸ†

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May 12, 2022 14:12:03   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
Excellent, Mike. I am so pleased that you have "gotten into" bird imagery.

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May 12, 2022 15:19:08   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Bigmike1 wrote:
You know, I was born and raised in South Carolina but have never been to Hilton Head. Great shots.


Thanks, Mike, we discovered it in 1983 when we were living on the east coast. I appreciate your encouraging comment.

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May 12, 2022 15:20:15   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
joecichjr wrote:
Utter photographic perfection πŸ†πŸ†πŸŒΏπŸ†πŸ†


Your encouraging comment is really appreciated, Joe!

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May 12, 2022 15:21:27   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
kpmac wrote:
Excellent, Mike. I am so pleased that you have "gotten into" bird imagery.


You know that you are one of the culprits in my journey to the dark side, Ken. Thanks for your kind comment.

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May 12, 2022 15:48:16   #
NMGal Loc: NE NM
 
You did a wonderful job, Mike.

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May 12, 2022 16:03:35   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
NMGal wrote:
You did a wonderful job, Mike.


You are very generous, Barbara.

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