Category Archives: Wading Birds

Wood Stork, New Territory

I rarely see Wood Storks in the area of the heron and egret rookery at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens; if they are around they are more likely to be at the boat pond when the water is low and the feeding easier.

I was surprised to see this one standing at the edge of the pond, rather settled in.

Wood Stork Standing in Greenery
Wood Stork Standing in Greenery

For no apparent reason he took off. I did see a couple others much higher in the sky, perhaps he thought to join them.

Wood Stork in Flight, Airplane Photobomb
Wood Stork in Flight, Airplane Photobomb

One of them decided to circle back and attempt a tree-top landing at the other end of the pond.

Wood Stork Landing Precariously
Wood Stork Landing Precariously

He wobbled around a bit then flew off, towards the river.

Wood Stork Landing Precariously
Wood Stork Landing Precariously

Tricolored Heron In Flight

It was a treat to see this Tricolored Heron fly by me rather slowly and in a straight line.

Tricolored Heron In Flight
Tricolored Heron In Flight

I more often see them in something of a panic mode, flapping and squawking.

Tricolored Heron In Flight
Tricolored Heron In Flight

The squawking can be fun to photograph but is often accompanied by erratic flying, which is not so easy to catch.

Tricolored Heron In Flight
Tricolored Heron In Flight

These were taken in early January when the marsh reeds and grass were just brown.

Tricolored Heron In Flight
Tricolored Heron In Flight

January 3, 2021

Great Blue Heron, Color By Azalea

A Great Blue Heron was stalking in chest high, to him, Iris fronds, at one of the small ponds at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. A few blooming Azaleas can be seen in the background.

Great Blue Heron, Azaleas
Great Blue Heron Wading Through Iris Fronds

I moved right, the GBH moved left, and briefly got him lined up with the color.

Great Blue Heron, Azaleas
Great Blue Heron, Azaleas in Background

The Great Blue kept on moving down into the water giving me a different perspective of the pink reflections.

Great Blue Heron, Azaleas
Great Blue Heron, Azaleas

March 23, 2021

Snowy Egret Flying By

The low water in this section of a rice field pond had attracted a small flock of wading birds to feed in a channel.

Snowy Egret Flying, Tricolored Heron Standing
Snowy Egret Flying, Tricolored Heron Standing

As usual, one Snowy Egret was zipping around instead of feeding like the others.

Snowy Egret Flying Past A Strutting Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret Flying Past A Strutting Snowy Egret

He flew past a group of three…

Snowy Egret Flying Past Three Snowy Egrets
Snowy Egret Flying Past Three Snowy Egrets

kept on going…

Snowy Egret Flying
Snowy Egret Flying

Then dropped into a group of two.

Snowy Egrets
Snowy Egrets

It was a grey day with the Snowy Egrets’ feet and eye patches providing the only bit of color.

Tricolored Heron On The Hunt

Tricolored Herons have an enthusiastic way of hunting, throwing their whole body into the effort.

Tricolored Heron Hunting
Tricolored Heron Hunting

This was a classic display, stretching out over the water, then pulling back to change the view.

Tricolored Heron Hunting
Tricolored Heron Hunting

Then nab!

Tricolored Heron Hunting
Tricolored Heron Hunting

As I’ve often seen, his catch was tiny, so you know he’ll need to keep at it.

Tricolored Heron Hunting
Tricolored Heron Hunting

Great Egret, Nest Material

I saw this Great Egret land and expected him to get run off by the occupant of the nest about 8 feet (2 M) above him.

Great Egret
Great Egret

He poked around a bit, and was surprisingly ignored by the Great Egret in the nest.

Great Egret
Great Egret

Suddenly he swooped down to the water…

Great Egret Dropping To Water
Great Egret Dropping To Water

… and came up with a stick!

Great Egret Flying With Stick
Great Egret Flying With Stick

After circling around the tree he made a nice landing at the top, delivering the stick to his mate. Turns out he didn’t go far from home for this delivery of nesting material.

Great Egret Bringing Stick To Nest
Great Egret Bringing Stick To Nest

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
March 17, 2021