Island Wildlife Photography
Bald Head Island Conservancy
·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…
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An Unusual Beach Visitor
American Alligators are apex predators that inhabit the southeastern part of the U.S. Alligators on BHI are common in the freshwater lagoons on the golf course. However, they can inhabit a variety of habitats such as lakes, streams, wetlands, swamps, marshes, and more! This juvenile alligator decided it would be a good day for the beach! While alligators are not commonly seen swimming in ocean water it is not unheard of!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
Two populations of bottlenose dolphins can be found on Bald Head Island - the coastal ecotype, which reaches a size of about three feet, and an offshore ecotype, which can grow to between eight and nine feet. These mammals can jump up to sixteen feet out of the water!🐬