Follow Me: Great Egrets

The first Great Egret came down the canal at the edge of the old rice field and the second one joined in as he passed by.

Great Egrets Flying Low
Great Egrets Flying Low

The first Egret gave a squawk and on they went together, continuing along the edge of the pond.

Great Egrets Flying Low
Great Egrets Flying Low

They lifted a little over a group of Wood Storks then settled out of sight over the next causeway.

Great Egrets Flying Low
Great Egrets Flying Low

Pink and Gray

Or, Roseate and Gray if you want to be fancy. Either way I’ve always liked the color combination even if it didn’t make a great background for these photographs. This was a gray day and the mud was gray in this inlet where the tide was just starting to come back in.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

A group of fifteen Spoonbills was coming and going looking for the best feeding spots and seemed oblivious to the coating of mud on their legs.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

With perfect form this one dropped in…

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

…for a nice clean landing.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

Oops, an extra step as the mud brought him to a stop.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

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Yellowleg Battle

I don’t know what these two Yellowlegs were sparring about, but they were pretty serious. They repeated this dance in several spots at the edge of the pond. It might be a mating dance but in October in South Carolina that seems out of sync.

Yellowlegs Sparring
Yellowlegs Sparring

The contrast between the birds and the grassy background isn’t what I had hoped for but the action and their flight skills were fascinating. Click on any photo for a larger view.

Yellowlegs Sparring
Yellowlegs Sparring, taking turns in the air

I don’t usually include this many images in a post but wanted to show the whole sequence. If you have Javascript you can jump to the bottom of this post and view the images as a slideshow.

Yellowlegs Sparring
Yellowleg Faceoff
Yellowlegs Sparring
Yellowlegs grabbing beaks
Yellowlegs Sparring
Yellowleg dropping onto his foe from above
Yellowlegs Sparring
Yellowleg pushing his foe down; the lower bird got partially submerged  but I didn’t get the shot.
Yellowlegs Sparring
Yellowlegs setting up for another round
Yellowlegs Sparring
Yellowlegs in an elegant dance

Slide Show

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Lines

Lines created by the weathered planks  in the siding, water wheel and fence of this mill go in every direction.

Leonard's Mills
Leonard’s Mills

The water wheel is a work of art as well as a mechanical feat that powers a working saw.

Leonard's Mills
Leonard’s Mills

Approaching the mill from the other side of the stream gives a broader view of the building’s colors and textures of the siding.

Leonard's Mills
Leonard’s Mills

The Maine Forest and Logging Museum in Bradley has a variety of exhibits intended “to preserve, celebrate and educate people about the sustainable forest culture of Maine.”

http://www.maineforestandloggingmuseum.org

August 25, 2017. Click on any photo for larger view.

Reflections of a Spoonbill

Still water, perfect light and a position on a berm above the pond for me yielded some lovely reflections of this Roseate Spoonbill taking a stroll.

Roseate Spoonbill Reflection
Roseate Spoonbill Reflection

He was in no particular hurry, just wandered along

Roseate Spoonbill Reflection
Roseate Spoonbill Reflection

When he moved into the water a small ripple formed behind him.

Roseate Spoonbill Reflection
Roseate Spoonbill Reflection

Do they see that bird looking back at them?

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10/08/2017

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Posing

While I was watching Spoonbills in the pond in front of me this fellow banked around me and came in for a landing, taking up a spot in a beat up tree behind me.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Not surprisingly the Night-Herons like darker, secluded spots when they are out in the day time.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

He shifted around a bit before settling into a one-legged pose. I saw a juvenile fly in behind the adult but never did spot him in this grove.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron