Juvenile Bald Eagle

I spotted this juvenile Bald Eagle circling the rice field pond a couple of times,  then he put his feet down. I thought I was going to capture a landing.

Juvenile Bald Eagle
Juvenile Bald Eagle Coming in for Landing

He changed his mind! A pair of adult Eagles use this area daily, and generally the juveniles are not welcome to share. I waited and watched thinking maybe one of them was approaching. If so, I did not spot it.

Juvenile Bald Eagle
Juvenile Bald Eagle

Junior circled the pond one more time then landed in a pine tree further down the edge of the pond. If I hadn’t seen him land I wouldn’t have known he was there. He stayed put for longer than I stood waiting for him to make another move.

Juvenile Bald Eagle
Juvenile Bald Eagle

Great Egret, Corner of the Pond

These wooden posts are leftovers from an old dock or walkway at the edge of a rice field pond and the wading birds often perch on them.

Great Egret on a Post
Great Egret on a Post

The Great Egret was standing still so a slower shutter speed allowed me to capture some images even though the sun had dipped below the tree line and there wasn’t much light in this end of the pond.

Great Egret on a Post
Great Egret on a Post

Looking in the opposite direction an Alligator was swimming towards a spot to settle for the night.

Looking over the pond, Alligator near Sunset
Looking over the pond, Alligator near Sunset

Late Season Blooms

The Charleston area daylight is down to 10 hours as we approach the last week until winter solstice, technically December 21, which I like to think of as “making the turn”.  The flowers still in bloom stretch to get what sun they can.

Flower reaching for the sun
Flower reaching for the sun

These pink ones, Gerber Daisies I think, were surprisingly robust with very little actual plant to support them.

Pink flowers reaching for the sun
Pink flowers reaching for the sun

Roses will form buds and flower throughout the winter here, although they often don’t make much of a showing as a blossom when the temperatures flirt with freezing over night.

Rose bud reaching for the sun
Rose bud reaching for the sun

Great Egret, In Flight

Great Egrets spend a lot of time standing and watching. Occasionally one in a group decides to relocate; this one took a loop over the pond. There were a number of Alligators and Vultures sunning along the bank.

Great Egret Flying Over Pond
Great Egret Flying Over Pond, Alligator in Water

The bank slopes up to one of the dikes we often walk on and there is another canal just on the other side.

Great Egret Flying Over Pond
Great Egret Flying Over Pond

This Great Egret kept on going over the dike and down into the marsh on the other side.

Great Egret Flying Over Pond
Great Egret Flying Over Pond

American White Pelicans Feeding

Groups of White Pelicans tend to stick together when they feed, paddling along slowly and scooping up fish.

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans

No crazy diving antics like the Brown Pelicans for the White Pelicans, but they look just as goofy.

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans

This group followed the edge of the marsh reeds, which doesn’t make an attractive image now that the vegetation has died back, but probably the fish like to be around the stems.

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans

These two kept going making a nice ripple in the water while the rest of the group turned back.

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans

Eagle Fishing in Pond

The Bald Eagles were active November 17 at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, partly due to a fish die off. I previously shared a series of an Eagle Fishing in the Canal from that morning. These single shots were taken in the same area.

Bald Eagle Fishing
Bald Eagle Fishing, Great Egret in Foreground

The Eagles ignored the Alligators and the Vultures ignored the Eagles.

Bald Eagle Fishing
Bald Eagle Fishing, Turkey Vulture on the dike

Great Egrets mostly ignored the Eagles, too, feeling no threat on this day. A large group of Ibis left in a panic during one of the Eagle fly overs.

Bald Eagle Fishing
Bald Eagle Fishing