Category Archives: Birds

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

Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker

This Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker’s movement in some dead trees caught my eye. I could hear cheeping from him and two or three others nearby.

Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker
Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker

The conundrum of where to look: I decided not to take my eyes off this one. If he flew I likely wouldn’t spot him as he blended in with the Spanish moss and snags. And I may not be able to spot the others.

Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker
Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker

He performed the classic rotation around the limb woodpecker maneuver.

Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker
Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker

He paused for a moment before zipping off into a leafy tree with no photo opportunity.

Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker
Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 19, 2021