I am assuming this is a moth but could be a butterfly and I haven't identified it yet. It might be a Noctuid moth of some kind. It was about 3 inches across.
This might be a Spear Marked Black but again don't know for sure. It was quite small -- probably only an inch, inch and a half long.
This was a very bedraggled moth -- again can't identify but might be in the Sphinx family. It was about the size of the second of the moths.
Our very first stop afforded us a view of this beautiful Green Heron in his mating plumage. I have never seen one awake much less in this colorful plumage!
Another treat was a Black Crowned Night Heron adult also awake!! Maybe this sudden wakefulness during the day is due to the mating season?
This is a juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron which is what I usually see down here. He is also awake!
We spotted this Little Blue Heron high up in a tree! This is the first of those I have spotted down here this year.
Even one of the resident alligators was up and swimming around. It was a beautiful day of near perfect weather!
We spotted this Red Tailed Hawk off in the distance on a rooftop.
Later we suspect that it was the same Red Tail who was looking down from one of the most expensive houses on the island rumored to have sold for $15 million.
Cape Fear is known as such as ship wrecks were very common because there are significant shoals (sand bars) at the tip of the island. This is Frying Pan Shoals and the waves go out forever.
On the ferry on the way back to Ft. Fisher I spotted all these seabirds and tried to get decent enough pictures to identify them. The main bunch are Royal Terns but there may be some ringers in there as well. They were just white dots with the naked eye.
One of the Terns in flight still pretty far off! It was a beautiful day and we had a nice lunch at Fishy Fishy in Southport out overlooking the water -- no sweatshirt necessary that day!!