All-Crab Breakfast

A yellow-crowned night heron tosses back a fiddler crab as it hunts in the mud of a saltwater marsh while the tide was out at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina in July 2007. Original: _MG_2833.cr2

On a sunrise walk on the boardwalk through the saltwater marsh at Huntington Beach State Park, I met this yellow-crowned night heron hunting fiddler crabs in the mud while the tide was out. The hungry bird snared one after the other, tossing them down its throat, so it’s a good thing the little crabs seemed endless in number. Taken in the summer of 2007.

For the Carolinas

A green heron perches on a barnacle-encrusted log in Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

I met one of my favorite birds, a green heron, right before the sun came up at Huntington Beach State Park in South Carolina in the summer of 2007. I loved that little park, any place that gets me up long before the sun has to be pretty special. To all those in the Carolinas and elsewhere in Florence’s path, I hope you will be safe and sound. Look after each other.