A Snowy Egret worked the bank of a small pond. I did not see him catch anything but he kept at it longer than I expected. Usually the Snowies are the least patient of the egrets, quick to move on when things don’t go their way.
This young Yellow-crowned Night Heron was concentrating, although it was hard to say on what. His perch of a dead limb was hanging over a pond where he could go fishing, but he didn’t seem to be watching the water.
I watched awhile to see if he would come out into the brighter light. He was content to stay where the overhang of a larger tree provided some shade, occasionally changing direction and practicing the heron “standing still” skill.
It’s always interesting to note the objects dragonflies choose to land on. When available they often select stationery man-made objects over natural options. Could it be they prefer not to bounce in the breeze while on a reed or limb? This one certainly had an unobstructed view of any potential prey.
This pole is part of a rusting fence that is around a plot at Magnolia Cemetery.
His middle toes just touching the water, this Great Blue Heron perched on a dead limb hanging over the water. In another sign of approaching fall the grasses behind him are turning brown and drooping a bit.
We are seeing more flocks of honking Canada Geese in the sky, a sure sign that fall migrations aren’t far off. These four were part of a flock of about twenty that appeared to be trying to get into formation. They were not successful and ultimately circled noisily back and landed where they started.
I’ve read that “bowl” is the classic term for a group of spoonbills, although I’ve not been able to find out why or how many spoonbills it takes to make the definition. A search quickly turns to pottery.
This bowl was resting after morning feeding creating some lovely reflections on a very still pond.
Two towers make up the cable-stayed suspension support of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge that connects Charleston and Mount Pleasant, SC. This is the tower closest to Charleston, seen from Magnolia Cemetery with a sky filled with white fluffy clouds.