As we pulled into the parking lot I quickly spotted it perched atop a lone tree along the driveway. Stopping in the road I grabbed the camera and snapped several quick frames from about 40 feet away before reaching for the scope. I moved within about 25 feet and digiscoped several frames before backing away from the still-perched bird.
Walking back to the car I heard an American Kestrel and found it perched on an overhead wire. I slowly moved along the hedgerow so that the sun would be at my back, and grabbed a few digiscoped images from about 30 feet away. The Kestrel paid me no attention as I headed back to the car.
Several Double-crested Cormorants were swimming in the nearby pond and flushed when I approached. As they circled and flew past me I grabbed several flight shots. Some of the birds flew off, but some landed in the Spanish Moss-ladened trees. It was then that a quiet Belted Kingfisher was flushed from its perch and had to circle several times before it could find a new one. I took a few shots from a distance as it approached its new perch.
With the airport beckoning us we reluctantly headed back to the house to pack and head home to snow and cold.