Charleston March 27-April 5, 2017

with Jackie and Elston Hill
The most exciting part of our visit to Charleston was the wildlife. Much of the wildlife we saw was at the Audubon Swamp in Magnolia
Plantation. The timing was perfect. The birds were mating and nesting and raising chicks. The most interesting were the Blue Herons
building nests and caring for their new chicks. In addition to wildlife, I have posted below pictures of plantations, Charleston, and
Jackie's nieces.
Plantations were a center of the economy prior to the Civil War. But with the Civil War, plantation owners lost their slave property and
the luxurious plantation life disappeared even though the former slaves were kept in menial and poor posititions.
Blue Herons building nest.
Blue Heron Chicks
Snowy Egret
Turkey Vulture

Cormorants (below)
Brown Pelican
Bonaparte Gull with treat for his sweetie.
Great Egret
Great Egret
Blue Winged Teal.
Water Snake
Lake in Audubon Swamp. Note trees in middle of lake where many of the birds above were nesting including the blue heron chicks.