South Carolina's Coast as You’ve Never Seen It
If you’re already a South Carolina Wildlife magazine reader, you may have seen a story in the November-December 2016 issue about the exhilarating flights undertaken by SCDNR pilots and biologists to document wildlife numbers from the air.
Over her years as a bird biologist for SCDNR, Christy Hand has amassed thousands of aerial photos of wading bird rookeries and seabird sanctuaries. The primary purpose of these images is to provide data: photography by plane is an effective, noninvasive way to survey birds such as the wood stork, brown pelican, and bald eagle. SCDNR's coastal bird biologists use software to individually count and tally up the birds seen in these photos, a critical first step in studying and protecting their populations. But the images are also beautiful, offering an unusual view of South Carolina’s stunning coast and the wildlife that make it such a special place.
Only a few of those images could be included in the SC Wildlife story – so we’re sharing more of these impressive views of the coastline with you today. Check back later this month for a second installment of photos taken by Christy Hand over public lands with nesting wading birds.