Late Bloomer: Great Blue Heron Chick

This single Great Blue Heron chick has gotten a rough start in life and hasn’t seemed to be thriving as well as those in nearby nests. On my most recent pass by his nest he was up doing some wingersizing, which is a hopeful sign.

Great Blue Heron Chick
Great Blue Heron Chick

The adult wasn’t paying him any attention, which isn’t unusual, but without any siblings to interact with he’s got to poke at his parents once in awhile.

Great Blue Heron Chick
Great Blue Heron Chick

This nest is in the same tree as the multiple Great Egret nests. This fellow’s next challenge will be to fend off those chicks and their parents once they notice he is there. Last year the GBH chicks in this nest hatched much earlier than the Great Egret chicks so they had more of a size advantage.  And there were two of them.

Viceroy Butterfly

Not far from where I saw the Ant walking on Duckweed a Viceroy Butterfly was perched on a carpet of Duckweed mixed with an unknown brown water covering plant.

Viceroy
Viceroy

I walked up and down a boardwalk watching warblers and passed this butterfly in the same spot, for at least a half hour.

Viceroy
Viceroy

It was late afternoon and his shadow was getting longer. He flapped his wings slowly, and seemed to not have a care in the world.

Viceroy
Viceroy

Prickly Poppy

I spotted groups of these white flowers in several spots on a recent drive through Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area.

Prickly Poppy
Prickly Poppy

The spot I photographed these had a mowed path leading towards them so that I could get close, but the abundance of ant hills kept me from taking additional shots, including one of the full plant. I’ve avoided ant bites since moving to South Carolina, and I want to keep it that way.

Prickly Poppy
Prickly Poppy

The abundance of thorns on the stems and sharp leaves would prohibit picking a vaseful. My research to identify the flower also found that all parts of this plant are toxic in some way to humans, from the spines that contain skin irritating substances to the seeds which are poisonous.

Prickly Poppy
Prickly Poppy