Good Morning, Kiawah Island!


Egret and Marsh Grasses, Kiawah

Egret and Marsh Grasses, Kiawah

An abundance of nature moments on our early morning boat ride to Captain Sam’s inlet on Kiawah Island, SC.

Skimmers in Flight, Kiawah Island

Skimmers in Flight, Kiawah Island

Pelicans and Clouds, Kiawah

Pelicans and Clouds, Kiawah

Strand feeding, a dolphin feeding behavior that is unique to the lowcountry of South Carolina, is an amazing thing to witness. The dolphins herd schools of fish then swim with great force to push them ashore. Then they flop up onto the beach to consume their prey. The pelicans have learned to perch in just the right place to catch some of the flying fish for themselves. It is an amazing sight to see and happens so fast, I was happy to catch a few to give you an idea of what it is like.

Catch the fish! Dolphins Strand Feeding on Kiawah

Catch the fish! Dolphins Strand Feeding on Kiawah

Dolphins Strand Feeding on Kiawah

Dolphins Strand Feeding

Hello There!

Hello There!

While we were photographing from the boat, a man was standing on the shore photographing the dolphins feeding. Let the fish fly!

What a Catch!

What a Catch!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks for stopping by!

For more dolphin photos, please click here… 

Categories: Birds, Landscapes, Nature, Photography, Travel, WildlifeTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

31 comments

  1. Those are outstanding photos Jane! I really like your use of B&W in the first few, and those dolphins photos are truly amazing! What a sight! Lucky you. 🙂

  2. Great photos and blog – like it

  3. Welcome back Jane. Glad you guys had such a great day out on the boat. Your photos are amazing (as always).

  4. Love that first photograph. Looks great in B&W…all the B&W shots look great! Its also pretty amazing that you got to photograph that dolphin behavior…such amazing, intelligent creatures.

    • H Jon, Thank you so much! Coming from you, it means a lot. I do love your bird photography. Glad you like the B&W, I thought these particular shots worked well. And, the dolphins are amazing… there was a small calf learning the ropes from mama, but he is hidden in the rush of activity. Appreciate your comment!

      • Thanks much (re my work)! 🙂 Its really amazing you were able to see a calf! I’ve only ever seen such things on the likes of ‘Planet Earth’ and ‘Life’. It must have been awesome watching it in real life! 😀 What a treat!

  5. Sitting in a toll gate in Chicago with an iPad. Steve is now driving 10 miles over in an effort to return to Kiawah as soon as possible. Great photos!

  6. Wow! Love the black and white pictures especially! You mde a silk purse out of bad lighting! I’m not even sure we were on the same boat your pics are so wonderful! Mary Lynn

    • Hi Mary Lynn, Thank you! I’m glad you like them in B&W– thought that was a good way to deal with the intense light. It was great shooting with you and I appreciate you stopping by here for a look! See you soon.

  7. Love the one with the “flying” fish!

  8. Jane, This photos are AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing the beauty of this day with us all. Welcome home!

  9. Jane, welcome to my back yard. I loved the man taking the pictures. I was imagining someone behind you taking your picture..and on and on.

  10. WOW…what a ‘welcome’ home treat for u 2…and a treat for us as well up here in VT!! THANK YOU for sharing!

  11. Too good to be real!
    Need to invoke Elaine:
    “Fake, fake, fake”

  12. Jane, these are fantastic shots.

  13. Welcome back! We witnessed this several weeks ago for the first time — your pictures captured it!

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