National Geographic : 1958 Jan
National Geographic Photographer J. Baylor Roberts Produced at Union Bag-Camp Paper Corporation's Giant Mill in Savannah, Georgia when the creatures surfaced and closed when they submerged. From its foggy dawning the morning grew into a sparkling, clean-washed day, every scene touched with a special radiance. Even the water looked golden. In sheer exuberance Dorothea talked us into anchoring in Bogue Sound so she could take a swim. Wary lest the strong tide carry her away, we threw over a life ring on a long line. Lucky we did, too, because the tidal current boiling along with twigs and leaves-and Dorothea-would have left us far behind. Wrightsville Beach offered us a snug over night berth. Next morning we knifed through Masonboro and Myrtle Sounds, along a nar row dredged cut to the Cape Fear River, and down that broad stream to Southport. Here we docked in wind and rain amid strong crosscurrents. The young man who helped us, Waters Thompson, turned out to be an artist as well as dockmaster. Invited into his little office to share his gas heater, we found one corner occupied by an easel, chair, and table bearing brushes and paints. On the easel stood a painting of a wood duck; the mounted model stood near by. Latest Colonists: Cattle Egrets "This is an ideal place for bird study," said Mr. Thompson. "We're just across from Battery Island, a great rookery. Six kinds of heron and also ibis nest there. Some herons and snowy egrets stay here all winter, and cattle egrets that have spread from South America have nested in the rookery for the past two summers." * * See "A New Bird Immigrant Arrives," by Roger Tory Peterson, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, Au gust, 1954.