To start, here’s an early morning at the salt marsh.
We found a whole flock of wood storks feeding. If you have sharp eyes, you might spot the four roseate spoonbills crashing the party.
More spoonbills and an egret. Also, a lot of oyster beds.
Aren’t spoonbills gorgeous? Their legs are red and their bodies pink because they eat shrimp. Shrimp eat algae, algae make their own red and yellow pigments, spoonbills eat shrimp, and voila! pink birds.
A group of roseate spoonbills is called a bowl. I don’t know why.
You can see here how they get the second half of their name. The spoon-shaped bills have touch receptors inside. They swing their heads side to side, back and forth through the water, and when they feel vibrations of living things inside, they quickly snap the spoons together. Because of this, they can feed at night and in murky water.
(This is not my photo. It’s from the St. Louis zoo website.)
A number of people live permanently on boats in Winyah Bay and Georgetown Harbor. Sailboats are anchored offshore and other boats have permanent moorings on the Harbor Walk, a dock that runs along the water behind the stores on our main street . Conveniently, there are three (three!) ice cream shops on the Harbor Walk and I will admit, of a beautiful evening we occasionally imbibe.
Ships’ cats throughout history have had a job to do — taking care of any vermin that come aboard. While we enjoyed our ice cream (caramel pecan sea salt, if you must know) I think this guy was getting shipshape for the night watch. One hopes that is not his unfortunate predecessor behind him!
While we were eating our ice cream his owner came strolling down the dock with a doggy bag (kitty bag?) from a restaurant in his hand. As soon as the captain was in sight, the cat began “talking” and calling to him. It was the cutest thing!
We have several more days of this beautiful Canadian air to enjoy and we have plans for every day of it.