Buck Hall, A Different Place This Time – Thurs, Oct 23 to Mon, Oct 27 2014

We have spent many nights at Buck Hall Recreation Area near McClellanville, SC.  It is one of our favorite places to stop and enjoy the peace and quiet along the beautiful inter-coastal waterway.  Well, the last four days at Buck Hall were anything but peaceful and quiet.  We found out you DO NOT want to visit during Shrimp Baiting Season.  Every campsite had at least one, if not two boats and several families of campers.  The day use area was packed with boats and trailers as was the overflow.
   We were on Site 13 which was great as long as you looked straight ahead toward the water!!
  02 - Buck Hall Site 13 01 - View of Intercoastal Waterway04a - Sunrise on the Intercoastal

However, the neighborhood was a bit congested ;o((

00 - Sites with boats

We watch our neighbor make the clay and fishmeal bait balls he would use.

Every shrimper has his own secret recipe:o))
04b - Neighbor making Shrimp Bait

Fortunately for us,

our friends Rick and Gail were there when we arrived
we got to enjoy some fun with them!!

Bill had just purchased a new, smaller cast net.

He found a video on U-tube that demonstrated an easier throwing method.

Both the guys gave it a try and it worked on their first throw:o))

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03a - Throwing the cast net  03b - Rick Throwing the cast net

On Friday, the four of us headed to “The Center For Birds Of Prey.”

05 - Bird of Prey Header

If you ever have the opportunity to visit the wonderful place, don’t miss it!!!

05a - Visiting the Bird of Prey Sanctuary

We walked the grounds and then took a guided tour.

After the tour,

we were directed to the Flight Field where we got to see the birds in ACTION!!!

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This Lanner Falcon is a new arrival and is being introduced to the public.

What a beautiful bird!!


The first bird to fly was a Yellow Headed Vulture.

05f - Flight demo - Yellow Headed Vulture 205f - Flight demo - Yellow Headed Vulture


A Hybrid Falcon was the next to fly!!

05g - Flight Demo - Hybrid Falcon 205g - Flight Demo - Hybrid Falcon    05g - Flight Demo - Hybrid Falcon 3

Such a speedy and beautiful bird!!


The final bird to fly was a very large Euroasian Eagle Owl.

The audience was sitting in a circle and the owl swooped right over our heads:o))

we all headed to Mt. Pleasant and walked The Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River.

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06 - Ravenel Bridge  06a - Gail, Rick, Bill walking the bridge

06b - Views - City of Charleston  06b - Views - Patriot's Point - USS Yorktown06b - Views - Large Sailboat  06b - Views - Regatta06c - Rick, Gail, Nancy, Bill at top of bridge

After our 5 mile walk, we had worked up a good appetite.

We stopped at Sewee Restaurant, an old time low country place to eat!!

07 - Sewee Restaurant - lunch spot 07 - Sewee Restaurant - history07 - Sewee Restaurant - inside 

 Good Friends  &  Good Times!!!


  1. Looks like you had a terrific time with Rick and Gail. Nice way to take your mind off the crowding. So did the boys catch anything with their perfect throws?? The Center for Birds of Prey looks like a great place to visit. You took fabulous pictures. But I'm wondering, if they can fly, why are they there?

    1. Good point, Sherry!! They told us that they release all birds that can fend for themselves. However, many birds come to them as chicks which were found on the ground by people who think they need assistance. The birds are taken home and cared for but they then imprint on humans. Before any bird is released it must show it has the ability to hunt and kill its food.

  2. Your Birds of Prey photos turned out amazing! I deleted all of mine :)
    That was a great 4 days and I still think about that lunch at SeeWee!
    Hope to see you down the road in Florida this winter!

  3. Great photos of the Birds of Prey- Love them. We hope to see you in Florida soon too.

  4. What a terrific place to visit! Have to put that on our list :)

  5. It looks like you're still finding plenty to do there. You're making me miss the ocean!

  6. Sorry to hear that Buck Hall was a bit boatier than usual. The Birds of Prey Center does very nice presentations at Huntington Island in the Spring during some kind of education day. We were lucky enough to catch it one year back during my working days. Love the eyes of the owl.

  7. I have to take my grandsons to the Birds if Prey Center, they'll love it. Not that I wouldn't either. ;c)

    So, with all that shrimp net casting practice, did you catch any shrimp?

    1. The only seafood caught was the Grouper, Flounder and Oysters they had for lunch at the Seewee Restaurant;o))

  8. Great tip about the Birds of Prey, I don't think I saw that when I was researching the area.