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Town Of Carolina Shores, North Carolina

Jo O'Keefe Copyright 2009 All Rights Reserved.

Entrance sign for original neighborhood which, in 1998, was the entire Town of Carolina Shores
Great Blue Heron
This Great Blue Heron stands at attention at one golf course pond, waiting for the moment to strike. Some of the more interesting species of birds that I have seen in Carolina Shores are Cooper's Hawks, Pileated, Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied and Red-headed Woodpeckers, Green Herons, Hooded Mergansers (in photo below with Great Blue Heron), Great Egrets, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Great Crested Flycatchers, masses of Ibises, and a Rufous Hummingbird for six consecutive winters.
Yellow-bellied Sliders
Turtles inhabit golf course ponds. At a pond across the street, friends and I call and hand-feed as many as 50 Yellow-bellied Sliders at a time. In another pond, there are only Red-eared Sliders.
 
Golf course scenes
   
January 20, 2009
   
The sun rises over Calabash to the right of my backyard. When sunrise is spectacular, I grab my camera and rush to photograph it.
Nephila clavipes
Golden Silk Spider, Nephila clavipes. Sometimes there many of them in their webs in my yard.