Category Archives: Birds

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird

We get Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in our yard, but they are very shy, zipping away at the slightest movement towards them. These images were taken at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, near the ticket kiosk, with a steady stream of humans much of the day.

There is also a great selection of flowers for the hummers to feed on.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

July 21, 2022

Sandhill Crane Family On Walk

The Sandhill Crane family was on a walk when I passed by their marsh area.

Sandhill Crane Family On A Walk
Sandhill Crane Family On A Walk

The youngster, known as a colt because of their long legs, was curious about his surroundings but didn’t stray far from his parents. I didn’t see any sign that junior had started to fly, which happens around two months of age.

Sandhill Crane Juvenile
Sandhill Crane Colt

Sandhill Cranes are omnivores, poking around in the swamp and grasses for food.

Sandhill Crane Adult
Sandhill Crane Adult

The parents seemed to be more attentive than when I saw them two days before this.

Sandhill Crane Family On A Walk
Sandhill Crane Family On A Walk

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Black-necked Stilt Fly-by

A pair of Black-necked Stilts swooped on by me as I stood on a dike at Orlando Wetlands.

Pair of Black-necked Stilts in Flight
Pair of Black-necked Stilts in Flight

Often described as “stately” due to their color scheme and long legs, they are also elegant flyers.

Pair of Black-necked Stilts in Flight
Pair of Black-necked Stilts in Flight

And fly they did, right on to the other side of this impoundment.

Pair of Black-necked Stilts in Flight
Pair of Black-necked Stilts in Flight

April 10, 2022

Juvenile Sandhill Crane

A young Sandhill Crane was busy looking around in the grass as his parents were feeding in the marsh.

Juvenile Sandhill Crane
Juvenile Sandhill Crane

They weren’t far off, 20 or 30 feet (6 to 9 meters), and maybe paying more attention to him than it appeared.

Juvenile Sandhill Crane
Juvenile Sandhill Crane

As they went around the water’s edge he trailed along behind them, but I didn’t see him eat anything.

Juvenile Sandhill Crane
Juvenile Sandhill Crane

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 10, 2022

Downy Woodpecker

A Downy Woodpecker chose a wide open spot on a vine wrapped tree for a moment of rest.

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

I haven’t seen many Downy Woodpeckers lately; 2018 was the last time I had one on this blog.

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

This one posed for a few images before getting to work looking for food.

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
February 15, 2022