Wading & Shore Birds
Wading birds (a few examples include Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Tricolored Heron) have the slender bills and long thin legs to aid them in walking across soft unstable mud. They are tall and lanky and a common site along the marsh and wetlands
Shore Birds (a few examples include Oyster Catcher, Black Necked Stilt, Marbled Godwit, Willet) You will notice they have long legs and slender bills to probe sediment for prey. These can be very camouflaged and it may take some time to actually spot them.
A few examples of Raptors would be the Eagle, Osprey and Red Tailed Hawk.
Each has quite the arsenal of equipment to take down their prey. They have a hooked beak, extremely sharp talons and exceptional vision to feed on things like fish, rodents, reptiles and other birds
Song birds are your "perching" bird. Their little tiny feet are specifically adapted to grip a small branch. They are very well developed vocally and use their song for communication. Examples of a few Songbirds found in South Carolina would be Bluebird, Pine Warbler, Chickadee, Titmouse, Cardinal.
About the Artist
I was born and raised in Charleston South Carolina and consider myself a true Lowcountry “salty” girl!