All posts by Ellen Jennings

Crested Caracara, Mating Display

Doing what Crested Caracaras do, this gorgeous bird demonstrated an attention display even though it is not breeding season and there were no other Caracaras around.

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

The handler shared that this bird was raised in captivity and this has become his default behavior around humans and is not to be taken personally.

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

Crested Caracaras are found in the wild in Central Florida, much of eastern Texas, and a sliver of Arizona.

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

He is beautiful, and I think he knows it!

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara perched on handler’s glove

Ted and I recently attended our fifth Photography Day at the Center for Birds of Prey in Awenda, SC.  Photographers have an opportunity to take close-up images of a number of birds of prey as well as some flight demonstrations. As always the staff and volunteers provided a fun and educational experience.

The Center for Birds of Prey, Awenda, SC.
Photography Day, October 10, 2021

Beach Treasure

Sanderlings poke and prod the sand as they work up and down the beach, eating little creepy-crawlies they feel with their beaks.

Sanderling on the Beach
Sanderling on the Beach

This one was intrigued by a dead crab. Could it be a treasure?

Sanderling on the Beach
Sanderling on the Beach

Not so sure, he tried the other side. He gave the crab a couple of pokes and moved on. This treasure was trash for this bird.

Sanderling on the Beach
Sanderling on the Beach

Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret, New View

…for the human visitors.

A swath of trees was removed this summer along the road leading to Lodge Pond at Donnelley WMA, opening some views into a tree line.

Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret
Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret

A Great Egret and Roseate Spoonbill were looking the place over.

Great Egret
Great Egret

The view from their perches didn’t change much, just that they could see down the entrance road if they were inclined to look.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

Drapes of Spanish Moss gave the local a nice cozy look.

Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret
Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 3, 2021

Multiple Juvenile Black-crowned Night-herons

A series of canals that run along and between some old rice fields has become a gathering spot for young Black-crowned Night-herons.

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

When the tide is out there is a buffet of crabs and other creatures exposed for lunch down in the canals.

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

When we passed through the tide was in and the birds exhibited heron patience in the trees.

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

A few of them swapped positions, pushing each other around, but this one just held his position.

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

A few more of the juvenile Black-crowned Night-herons were in another tree line but proved to be a bit more skittish.

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