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essays, "Log Cabin Year",

48 Reflections from Our

Seasons Past with illustrations

by Jan Mars

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Listing of December sightings in "Diary" 
-----------------------------------------------------------View my favorite Red-tailed Hawk photos by clicking "Bonus Content" on left.

South Carolina
This is a great natural destination, especially as a winter getaway from colder climates up north. These photos were taken along the coast, from the northern Charleston area to the southern border with Georgia.

This Killdeer will spend the winter at the Savanna National Wildlife Refuge, a 30,000-acre preserve featuring freshwater marshes, tidal rivers and bottomland forests.

I photographed this Dwarf Palmetto from the boardwalk at Beidler Forest, an 18,000-acre Audubon preserve that protects the world's largest virgin cypress-tupelo swamp forest.

In a small pond not far from the famous Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, I encountered a Great Egret and White Ibis keeping company. The egret stabs its prey. The ibis stirs its bill around on the bottom to dislodge the food it consumes.

On the same pond, male Hooded Mergansers had already begun courting females by fanning their beautiful white crests.

The male Blue-winged Teal, with his iridescent blue head and his white, quarter-moon facial marking, is a stunner, but the female presents a subtle beauty that can't be denied.

This juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron is about to snooze the day away at this roost by a wetland near Hilton Head Island. Night Herons leave their roosts at dusk to hunt marshes through the night.

Photos by Rick Marsi
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