Category Archives: Birds

Kingfisher Eludes Me

Acutally, he flew almost into me as I was watching a Great Blue Heron standing at a water trunk. We both jumped and he made a speedy exit to this tree top down the trail.

Treetop Kingfisher
Treetop Kingfisher

I inched my way along the trail towards the tree, the Kingfisher zipped back to the spot he originally wanted on the trunk.  This gave him a close view of the Ashley River just beyond the trunk and the rice field pond that now was between us.

Kingfisher on Trunk
Kingfisher on Trunk

Land and Turn

Pelicans don’t look that agile, but you can see by the landing trail in the water that this fellow executed a 90 degree turn as he was hitting the water. I suspect he saw something for lunch!

Brown Pelican Landing
Brown Pelican Landing

We are on day two without internet service but I can log into WP admin with our spotty cell phone data service. I found this post in my drafts from February 2018. I have no idea what my plan for it had been but this seems like a good time to finish the post. I’m still amazed at the way Pelicans can fly and dive.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

The Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are industrious and fun to watch when feeding in plain view.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

This one was in the drinking phase of his routine, from holes previously made in the bark.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Holding still on a short break I got a nice profile view showing off that sturdy beak and beautiful color pattern.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

They tend to circle the tree, moving up and down, enough to make the photographer dizzy guessing where they will reappear.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Red-bellied Woodpecker Pair

I didn’t have a great view when I first spotted this pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers. I was pretty sure the one on the right zipped into that hole while I maneuvered around the tree between us.

Pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers in Tree
Pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers in Tree

I watched for him to come out before turning my attention to the other one as he was pecking on the tree. Then I could hear the second one calling.

Red-bellied Woodpecker in Tree
Red-bellied Woodpecker in Tree

The question then was to keep watching the first subject or risk missing some action there and look for the second. I succumbed to looking and he eventually popped up behind this branch. Or was there the whole time and I just didn’t notice.

Red-bellied Woodpecker in Tree
Red-bellied Woodpecker in Tree

He quickly flew off. Meanwhile the first one had moved a little higher, paused a moment, then also flew off.

Red-bellied Woodpecker in Tree
Red-bellied Woodpecker in Tree

Pileated Woodpecker

I heard a number of woodpeckers as I wandered along the boardwalk though the Bald Cypress forest at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

The only one I spotted for more than a second was this Pileated Woodpecker who was in view for less then a minute.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

I do love that flash of red.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
January 2, 2020

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers feed at sapwells, shallow holes they have drilled in tree’s bark.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Like other woodpeckers, Sapsuckers are industrious, and usually their work is in tidy rows.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Check out his sharp beak and the spread of his foot!

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

As the sapsucker worked around the tree additional sapwells came into view.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Click on any photo for a larger view. 

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Back Yard

We feed the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in our back yard and I’ve tried off and on this summer with limited success to capture good images. Hurricane Dorian stripped a lot of leaves from the Crepe Myrtle trees which gave me a new opportunity.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

At the feeder the light was just right to see what I think is the start of the ruby-throat on a juvenile.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

This may be the same bird; he was at a different angle so the throat iridescence didn’t show. They fly so fast and three or four were chasing each other making it impossible to keep track.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird