Black Skimmer Through the Spoonies

Doing their own thing to get breakfast, a Black Skimmer and a flock of Roseate Spoonbills ignored each other.

Black Skimmer Passing Roseate Spoonbills
Black Skimmer Passing Roseate Spoonbills

I was focused on the Skimmer and didn’t expect him to pass that close to the Spoonbills.

Black Skimmer Passing Roseate Spoonbills
Black Skimmer Passing Roseate Spoonbills

The Skimmer made a second pass, probably realizing that the concentrated efforts of the other birds meant that they were on to something.

Black Skimmer Passing Roseate Spoonbills
Black Skimmer Passing Roseate Spoonbills

The Spoonbills continued sifting the water, not at all disturbed by the Skimmer.

Black Skimmer Passing Roseate Spoonbills
Black Skimmer Passing Roseate Spoonbills

Black-crowned Night-heron In the Open

It was unusual to see a Black-crowned Night-heron out in the open like this. They usually are in a tree or hidden by undergrowth, especially if they aren’t actively feeding.

He’s standing on the interior of a pond that just two days before was under water on a high point that made an island. The pond is being drained, likely to control the growth of this grass would eventually choke the pond.

Black-crowned Night-heron
Black-crowned Night-heron

When I passed by a second time it had started to sprinkle.

Black-crowned Night-heron
Black-crowned Night-heron

The heron didn’t seem interested in feeding or taking cover from the rain, and strolled along the edge,

Black-crowned Night-heron
Black-crowned Night-heron

Black Skimmer Skimming

This Black Skimmer gave me a good show with the early morning sun highlighting his black and orange beak, in contrast to last week’s pair that I photographed in poor light.

Black Skimmer in Flight
Black Skimmer in Flight, wings low to the water

I had a great view and was able to track his path as he crossed the pond with his lower jaw in the water.

Black Skimmer in Flight
Black Skimmer in Flight

He finally lifted, before making a big turn for another pass.

Black Skimmer in Flight
Black Skimmer in Flight

Click on any image for a closer view.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC, 7/1/2018.

Roseate Spoonbills Feeding

Roseate Spoonbills are fascinating to watch feed as they sift through the water with their beaks, their bodies in constant motion. There were about 30 Spoonbills scattered through this pond, sometimes together as a big group and then a few would go off on their own, following the food.

Roseate Spoonbills Feeding
Roseate Spoonbills Feeding

Getting a group photo is a challenge as they shift and turn, beaks in and out of the water. These were taken about an hour after daybreak as the sun finally made it up out of the clouds.

Roseate Spoonbills Feeding
Roseate Spoonbills Feeding

Bear Island WMA, SC, 7/1/2018.

Orange Dragonfly

A number of dragonflies were zipping back and forth along the tall reads at the edge of a canal bordering old rice fields. This one stood out from the others with a reddish-orange body and wings.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

He stopped on a number of stalks quite near the trail I was walking on.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

There was a good supply of smaller insects to keep him well fed, although I didn’t see him catch any.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly