Critters of Jekyll Island

August 14, 2012 at 6:13 am (Birds - Georgia, Butterflies, Dragonflies and Bugs, Georgia, Nature, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Here are some of the critters I saw on my recent visit to Georgia’s Jekyll Island:  (Note – I now have ID confirmations on my questionables, thanks to the great help from the Georgia Birders Online list)

Royal Tern, Jekyll Island, Georgia

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Loggerhead Sea Turtles on the Georgia Coast

August 10, 2012 at 7:09 pm (Georgia, Nature, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Loggerhead sea turtles are one of those “awwww….” creatures.  They inspire protective instincts in many of us, especially those who are aware of the sad state of many of earth’s species such as these, fighting for survival.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Jekyll Island, Georgia

I went to Georgia’s Jekyll and St. Simons Islands this week in hopes of seeing at least one of these amazing animals.  I knew that the females come ashore only to lay their eggs.  I knew they come at night and leave a trail in the sand, and that volunteers and biologists check every night and morning to see where new nests are.  I knew the babies generally hatch at night and make their desperate break for the sea, hoping that they make it before gulls or crabs snatch them from their destiny.  Only one in 4,000 of these babies will make it to adulthood and reproduce.  These marine reptiles, on the Endangered Species List,  grow up in the North Atlantic and around the Sargasso Sea, then the females return to the beaches where they were born, drag their 200 to 300 pound bodies up past the high tide line, scoop a hole in the dunes, deposit a clutch of 60 to 100 or more eggs , cover them up, smooth out the sand, and drag themselves back to the sea.  Males never come ashore, unless they are sick or injured. Read the rest of this entry »

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