Bird Trees

This is the first time I’ve seen more than one or two wading birds in these two trees that are at the edge of a tidal marsh. Snowy Egrets were coming and going in the first tree, with one lone White Ibis on the left. The sky wasn’t a great backdrop on this morning but I couldn’t pass up photographing this activity.

Snowy Egrets in Tree
Snowy Egrets in Tree

White Ibis dominated the second tree and while I’m not that happy to have fall arrive, the leafless trees did allow a good look at the birds.

White Ibis in a Tree
White Ibis in a Tree

Wood Storks at Edge of the Marsh

About ten minutes before I took these images several hundred wading birds, mostly White Ibis, were sharing this space with these Wood Storks. I couldn’t see them, but they sure were making some noise as they fed.

Great Egret Fly Over Wood Storks
Great Egret Fly Over Wood Storks

These few Wood Storks ignored the “go” signal of the masses and continued their rest. I was able to get to a break in the reeds lining the dike to see what was left behind.

Wood Storks at Edge of Marsh
Wood Storks at Edge of Marsh

Dike Walk

I could see bird activity down one of the dikes that divides the old rice field ponds where a canal widened a bit. The dike has varying heights of reeds at the edge which serves as a nice blind, but can interfere with a good shot. Hence the fuzz on the lower right of this image. The Cormorants took off just after I took this.

Wood Storks and Spoonbill
Wood Storks, Spoonbill and Cormorants

None of the images were great this day as the light was dull, but I saw a variety of activity.  A few Wood Storks came and went, sometimes feeding and sometimes just standing around.

Wood Storks
Wood Storks

The light brightened a little as this Roseate Spoonbill worked his way to the far side of this canal.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

For those of you who follow Ted at http://www.tpjPhoto.net, I got an image of him watching alligators for his  Bad Day To Be A Fish post. He’s standing on the road that runs at the lower edge of the big pond.

Ted with Alligators at his feet
Ted with Alligators at his feet

Incoming Spoonbill

This was not the weather morning we were expecting. We got to the wildlife management area shortly after sunrise to find that the air was still and dense with no sign of the promised sunshine.

Roseate Spoonbills in Tree
Roseate Spoonbills in Tree

However there were a few Spoonbills in the spoonie tree so you know I took some images.

Roseate Spoonbills in Tree
Roseate Spoonbills in Tree

I thought this one was going to land on the left branch but he kept going to one that was already occupied.

Roseate Spoonbills in Tree
Roseate Spoonbills in Tree

The two Spoonbills on the left took no notice of his arrival.

Roseate Spoonbills in Tree
Roseate Spoonbills in Tree

Red-bellied Woodpecker Keeps Trying

The Red-bellied Woodpecker from Wednesday’s Magnolia Seed Berry post kept looking for a place to lodge his find in a dead tree branch above me.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

He picked a pretty lichen covered perch but could not find a useful spot to put that berry.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

A couple of times I thought he had lost it in a hollow place in the branch, but he eventually got it back.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

After a few more unsuccessful tries he scanned for another spot.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Late Season Dragonfly

I’m still occasionally seeing dragonflies, capturing these on Sunday as he investigated a manicured shrub hedge.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Look closely through his wing below and you’ll spot another thorn pointing away from his body.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

An un-obscured head shot proved elusive and the direction of his position may have been due to the stiff breeze we had that day. These were taken in an area that is often overrun with mosquitoes so I was happy to have the air movement.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC 11/04/2018