Island Wildlife Photography

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Discover the wildlife found on Bald Head Island. Join us on an Island Nature Tour to search for animals at several wildlife hotspots throughout the beach, marsh, and maritime forest habitats.

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This video taken by Brodis-Daphne Brown is FINtastic 🐬🐳
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Whale off East Beach

This video taken by Brodis-Daphne Brown is FINtastic 🐬🐳

Dolphins blow bubbles whenever they exhale underwater. Dolphin behaviorists have also noted that when they are excited, surprised or curious, they will sometimes expel air from their blowholes, generating large, amorphous bubbles that rise quickly to the surface.

Dolphin Bubbles

Dolphins blow bubbles whenever they exhale underwater. Dolphin behaviorists have also noted that when they are excited, surprised or curious, they will sometimes expel air from their blowholes, generating large, amorphous bubbles that rise quickly to the surface.

Today, March 20th, is officially the first day of Spring! In the Northern Hemisphere, the March equinox occurs when the Sun crosses the equator line. This event marks the start of spring in the northern half of the globe. We know we're looking forward to warmer weather and the start of Turtle Season in May! Today March, March 20th, First Day Of Spring, Spring Is Here, March Equinox, Forest Habitat, Bald Head Island, Spring Starts, Wildlife Photography

Spring is here!

Today, March 20th, is officially the first day of Spring! In the Northern Hemisphere, the March equinox occurs when the Sun crosses the equator line. This event marks the start of spring in the northern half of the globe. We know we're looking forward to warmer weather and the start of Turtle Season in May!

We're really enjoying this sunny weather! Don't forget to take some time to soak up the sun 🐊 ☀️ Forest Habitat, Bald Head Island, Sunny Weather, Wildlife Photography, Habitats, Don't Forget, Beach, Animals, Animales

Soaking up the Sun

We're really enjoying this sunny weather! Don't forget to take some time to soak up the sun 🐊 ☀️

The theme for this year is to raise awareness of forests, forest-dwelling wildlife and the efforts of forest communities - in order to promote conservation and sustainable use of forest ecosystems and biodiversity. The White-Tailed Deer, Cardinal, and Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker are all wildlife that reside within the maritime forest here on BHI. Forest Ecosystem, Wildlife Day, Forest Habitat, Bald Head Island, Forests, Wildlife Photography, Conservation, Habitats, Sustainability

Happy World Wildlife Day!

The theme for this year is to raise awareness of forests, forest-dwelling wildlife and the efforts of forest communities - in order to promote conservation and sustainable use of forest ecosystems and biodiversity. The White-Tailed Deer, Cardinal, and Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker are all wildlife that reside within the maritime forest here on BHI.

Slow motion of a dolphin leaping out of the water. Dolphins jump out of the water for a variety of reasons - for fun, to increase visibility, remove parasites, as well as improve their navigation. Dolphin Facts, Forest Habitat, Bald Head Island, Wildlife Photography, Dolphins, Habitats, Whale, Tours, Beach
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Dolphin Slow-Mo

Slow motion of a dolphin leaping out of the water. Dolphins jump out of the water for a variety of reasons - for fun, to increase visibility, remove parasites, as well as improve their navigation.

Dolphins enjoying some fun in the sun off of East Beach 🐬☀️ Forest Habitat, Bald Head Island, Wildlife Photography, Dolphins, Habitats, Tours, Sun, Beach, Nature

Dolphins Playing

Dolphins enjoying some fun in the sun off of East Beach 🐬☀️

Close-up of a Green Anole. This small green lizard typically grows up to 6” in length with a bright or medium-green back and white belly. When threatened, it will show off a bright red throat pouch (called a dewlap) as a sign of aggression. Green anoles also show dominance by flaring their dewlaps. Photo by @tasneemphotography Forest Habitat, Bald Head Island, Wildlife Photography, Habitats, Close Up, Pouch, Bright, Sign, Medium

Green Anole

Close-up of a Green Anole. This small green lizard typically grows up to 6” in length with a bright or medium-green back and white belly. When threatened, it will show off a bright red throat pouch (called a dewlap) as a sign of aggression. Green anoles also show dominance by flaring their dewlaps. Photo by @tasneemphotography

Bottlenose Dolphins can frequently be seen off of East and South Beach. They eat a variety of food from fish to squid and shrimp. Bottlenose dolphins use individualized whistles to communicate information regarding their location, condition and identity with each other. The Blue Planet, Forest Habitat, Bald Head Island, Bottlenose Dolphin, Whistles, Ocean Life, Marine Life, South Beach, Wildlife Photography

Bottlenose Dolphin

Bottlenose Dolphins can frequently be seen off of East and South Beach. They eat a variety of food from fish to squid and shrimp. Bottlenose dolphins use individualized whistles to communicate information regarding their location, condition and identity with each other.

Eastern Hognose snakes can be found on Bald Head and are often called “puff adders” although they are non-venomous. Forest Habitat, Bald Head Island, Bald Heads, Snakes, Wildlife Photography, Habitats, A Snake, Snake, Nature Photography

Eastern Hognose Snake

Eastern Hognose snakes can be found on Bald Head and are often called “puff adders” although they are non-venomous.

Eyes just above the surface - alligators are ambush predators, lying concealed in the water waiting for prey to come close. Then with a quick burst of speed, the alligator will grab their prey with its teeth, and exert over 3,000 lbs of pressure per square inch. Forest Habitat, Bald Head Island, Alligators, Wildlife Photography, Predator, Habitats, Close Up, Teeth, Waiting

Alligator Close Up

Eyes just above the surface - alligators are ambush predators, lying concealed in the water waiting for prey to come close. Then with a quick burst of speed, the alligator will grab their prey with its teeth, and exert over 3,000 lbs of pressure per square inch.

The Squirrel Tree Frog, also known as a "rain frog," calls during and after rain storms. Emitting a noise like a squirrel chattering, giving the frog its namesake. Listen for their calls across the coastal southeast. Photo by @tasneemphotography Forest Habitat, Bald Head Island, Rain Storm, Tree Frogs, Storms, Wildlife Photography, Habitats, Squirrel, Coastal

Squirrel Tree Frog

The Squirrel Tree Frog, also known as a "rain frog," calls during and after rain storms. Emitting a noise like a squirrel chattering, giving the frog its namesake. Listen for their calls across the coastal southeast. Photo by @tasneemphotography

Happy Halloween! Today, we have one of the spookier crustaceans - the Ghost Crab! Like their namesake the ghost - these iridescent crabs mainly come out at night - looking for coquina clams and mole crabs to prey on. Forest Habitat, Bald Head Island, Crabs, Night Looks, Mole, Wildlife Photography, Habitats, Happy Halloween, Iridescent

Ghost Crab

Happy Halloween! Today, we have one of the spookier crustaceans - the Ghost Crab! Like their namesake the ghost - these iridescent crabs mainly come out at night - looking for coquina clams and mole crabs to prey on.

Bald Head Island is home to Leafcutter Bees. These bees are important native pollinators of North America. They get their namesake by cutting leaves to construct nests for their larvae. Photo by @tasneemphotography Forest Habitat, Bald Head Island, Bald Heads, Nests, Wildlife Photography, Habitats, North America, Bee, Leaves

Leafcutter Bee

Bald Head Island is home to Leafcutter Bees. These bees are important native pollinators of North America. They get their namesake by cutting leaves to construct nests for their larvae. Photo by @tasneemphotography

American Alligators have between 74-80 teeth at any given time. Gators can go through 3,000 teeth in their lifetime. On Bald Head, they can be seen in the various freshwater ponds. Forest Habitat, Bald Head Island, Alligators, Bald Heads, Ponds, Wildlife Photography, Habitats, Fresh Water, Close Up

Alligator Close Up

American Alligators have between 74-80 teeth at any given time. Gators can go through 3,000 teeth in their lifetime. On Bald Head, they can be seen in the various freshwater ponds.