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Jul 24, 2019
Until moving to SC a few months ago I'd never heard of Caw Caw Interpretive Center, but I quickly realized I'd been missing out! The park is part of Charleston County Parks, and consists of 6 miles of trails and listed as a birding hot-spot!
What was, hundreds of years ago, a rice plantation is now home to birds galore, alligators, deer, and otters. The trails around the old rice fields are well kept, and there is a raised boardwalk around the Cypress swamp which makes up a good portion of the park, too. As it's name suggests, there's more to the park than trails, with classrooms, a visitor center, bathrooms, and picnic tables.
As I said, while we were there, we weren't disappointed. Our first sightings were of a pair of Painted Buntings, which proved elusive to get a photo of. But, I'm on a mission to get some photos of them at some point having seen a few but never got 'the' photo! What we did see though as we hit the trail were Swallow Tailed and Mississippi kites.
Next up, in the distance, I spotted a nesting platform; home to three Osprey!
Of course, there were many opportunities to photograph egrets and herons, with my favorite photo of the day being the one I opened with: a Great Egret in flight! The light was just perfect with back illumination to give an almost translucent image while at the same time enough illumination from below to not create a silhouette of the bird against a bright background! I was using my new Nikon Z6 set to Spot Meter and continual autofocus, along with my Sigma 150-600mm lens.
Don't forget, the park is home to alligators, too, and of course I can't leave without sharing his photo!
I'm really looking forward to getting back to this park, hopefully with some avid photographers from my new photo club
In the meantime, if you'd like to see more of my bird photos, visit my website at www.colinhocking.photography/birds, and don't forget to sign up for my newsletter so you can stay up to speed with my other happenings!
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