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One of the great resources we have in the Cape Fear Region is SKYWATCH. These dedicated folks, staff and volunteers, work tirelessly to rescue not only injured birds in our area, but a variety of other critters who are in need. It is intense, but rewarding work, and so necessary in an ever growing human-based world. Often I discover birds in need on my photography travels and SKYWATCH is always there to help out. Please think before throwing trash in our waterways. 




In 2021, Biologist Kay Lynn Hernandez set out with a group to tour Eagles Island in the Cape Fear Region of North Carolina. She saw what she thought was the endangered and rare RARE SKIPPER BUTTERFLY. Unable to get a definitive pic, she asked me to go on a search and find. We sought out pickerel weed and Bull Tongue Arrowhead and, after nearly 6 hours, DISCOVERED THE SKIPPER. This discovery was confirmed through these photographs and may help to save this incredible natural habitat from DEVELOPMENT! 

Bryan's photos were also published in the Spring 2022 issue of Cape Fear's Going Green magazine.

Male Anhinga in peril

Male Anhinga that I follow regularly that spends much of its day along the Burnt Mill Creek Watershed in Wilmington, North Carolina (Cape Fear Region). I TOO OFTEN see anhingas with man-made materials stuck in their beaks. The sharp design and barbed nature of their beak material makes it easy for them to get fiber-like materials stuck if they mistake them for a fish in the current. SKYWATCH BIRD RESCUE was immediately notified. Someone will keep an eye out for him and, if he's unable to remove the rope himself, (which means he will not feed) they will have to wait for him to be weak enough to capture and remove the rope. There is a tremendous amount of man-made materials in our lakes, river, streams and waterways. STOP. Now! 


So proud that DANDELION HEAD, the one of the juvenile green herons I spent time with on Greenfield lake has been recognized in the 2023 AUDUBON TOP 100!

documenting green herons

I am obsessed with juvenile herons, and my absolute favorites area the juvenile green herons of Greenfield Lake. These elusive critters thrill me. Usually choosing the thick overgrowths of summer, near the base of water-bound cypress trees, they are rarely seen by visitors who stay on the walking paths of the exterior. But from a kayak, their activity becomes apparent. In the mid-summer, the nests will start seeing tuft-covered fledglings emerge on the low Cyprus branches discovering their new world! This one is affectionately called “Dandelion Head.”
I form a trust in my careful and steady approach to them and their curiosity of me allows me to get within a very close shooting range while the adults keep watch nearby. It is a joy to watch them grow, and because these birds are so elusive, I began documenting nesting grounds for the local Audubon chapters, a thrill for that young nature enthusiast still alive inside me.
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