Category Archives: Wading Birds

Wood Stork Flying Over Marsh

Wood Storks have a wingspan of 60 to 70 inches  (150-175 cm) and despite their overall prehistoric look they are quite elegant flyers.

Wood Stork In Flight
Wood Stork In Flight

He wasn’t going far, so he stayed low over the marsh grass.

Wood Stork In Flight
Wood Stork In Flight

In the right light you can see the pretty green tones in the Wood Stork’s dark feathers.

Wood Stork In Flight
Wood Stork In Flight

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 29, 2021

Little Blue Heron Fishing

A Little Blue Heron was fishing in the last trickle of water left in the lagoon at Magnolia Cemetery Pond: Water Out

Little Blue Heron Fishing
Little Blue Heron Fishing

The orange/red reflections from the end of the autumn leaves made an interesting scene from what was basically mud.

Little Blue Heron Fishing
Little Blue Heron Fishing

The Heron didn’t have much luck, but was very persistant.

Little Blue Heron Fishing
Little Blue Heron Fishing

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
December 3, 2021

Roseate Spoonbill With a Stick

This Roseate Spoonbill really wanted to sit in the Spoony Tree with his stick. I didn’t see him arrive, but think he just flew up from underneath the tree.

Roseate Spoonbill With Stick
Roseate Spoonbill With Stick In the Spoonie Tree

Who knows why, it’s not breeding season yet and he doesn’t look like he’s of breeding age based on still having pin feathers on his head.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick
Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick

He took off when the Cormorants started squawking at him.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick
Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick

The Anhinga was not impressed when he came right back.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick
Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick

He headed across the dike, where he promptly landed in the mudflats and abandoned the stick for some fishing.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick
Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
December 25, 2021