Bull Creek WMA, 4/11/2017
My second favorite species of the morning was a Pearl Crescent. It's a simply stunning butterfly, and there were several near one of the places we parked. One posed pretty well for me, allowing me to get photos of both sides of its wings.
Finally, we had some good views of a Red-banded Hairstreak. The birds were much less interesting. We saw most of the typical species of pine flatwoods species, including woodpeckers, nuthatches, bluebirds and warblers. We did stumble upon a cluster of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, which I'd read were breading in the park, but I had no idea where. I only saw two individuals, but the nest site looked active. One thing I learned when searching primarily for butterflies--a 400mm lens is not the way to go. I had to back up so far from many species because the minimum focusing distance is so long. With swallowtails and other large butterflies, this isn't too much of a problem. You can stay far away and still get a shot. But these small dudes stay low and in the grasses, so by the time you back up to get a focus, you have a cluttered composition, and more often than not, the butterfly has moved on.