Pond Scenes

The water was still and the air was hot. A few gulls and terns occupied old posts standing in the pond while an Anhinga dried off on a stump.

Shore Birds on Posts, Anhinga in Background
Shore Birds on Posts, Anhinga in Background

Even though it was early morning when you expect to see the birds feeding there wasn’t much going on.

Shore Birds on Posts
Shore Birds on Posts

Trees and grasses on the other side of the pond made interesting reflections in the water.

Shore Birds on Posts
Shore Birds on Posts

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC, 8/12/2019

Black Vultures, Dead Tree in Silhouette

The dike where I took¬†Black Vultures sitting in this tree takes a 90 degree turn which gave me a different vantage point for this post’s images. The sun was now behind the birds and it was very hazy.

Black Vultures in Dead Tree
Black Vultures in Dead Tree

The outline of the tree and birds is pretty interesting, as is the postion of the two Vultures seen here. The third Vulture is in that clump in the middle in the first image.

Black Vulture on Branch
Black Vulture on Branch

Roseate Spoonbills

More than other wading birds I see the Roseate Spoonbills often act like they are playing “king of the hill,” jockeying for the top spot or poking at each other to move along.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills & Cormorant

When pushed enough they take a less desirable spot on this little clump.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

This pond is not tidal; the water level is controlled by the SC Department of Natural Resources and on this day it was high. There is an inlet behind where I was standing that is tidal and when the tide goes out the Spoonbills will fly over there to feed in the shallower stream. In the meantime they amuse themselves, and me, with tree antics.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

May 2019, Donnelley Wildlife Management Area

Black Vultures

It was morning, before 9am, so I was surprised to see these Black Vultures hunkered down in this dead tree. Perhaps they had been the early birds and already completed breakfast.

Black Vulture Laying on Branch
Black Vulture Laying on Branch

It was hot (82 F/ 28 C) and hazy, so resting was probably a good idea but some spot that was less exposed to the sun might have been a better choice.

Three Black Vultures in Dead Tree
Three Black Vultures in Dead Tree

This dead tree has lost a pretty good chunk since the last time I photographed birds here…¬†Wood Storks in a Dead Tree

Carolina Anole Waiting

I was hoping to see this Carolina Anole catch a bug, but nothing came his way while I was watching.

Carolina Anole
Carolina Anole

I was able to get images from a couple of angles and he just hung there, even his tail stayed still.

Carolina Anole
Carolina Anole

Lastly, a broader view of where the anole was perched, about 5 feet ( 1 1/2 Meters) off the ground. He was still there when I moved on down the trail.

Carolina Anole
Carolina Anole

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