Category Archives: Wading Birds

Little Blue Heron

It’s nice to have a breeze around the pond but sometimes it blows low hanging branches into your shot. I still liked the pose and colors of this Little Blue Heron.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

I was able to move a few steps for a different angle, however the bird was on the move.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

He paused for a quick look around.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

See ya later!

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

Cattle Egret in Breeding Plumage

I  frequently see Cattle Egrets in my local travels at some small farms with cattle, horses and goats. This is the first time I’ve seen one up close at any of the swamp / marsh areas in South Carolina.

Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors
Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors

Slightly smaller than a Little Blue Heron, I wasn’t surprised when he disappeared from my sight in the tall vegetation. After poking around a bit he stuck his head up for a look.

Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors
Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors

He moved to some shorter vegetation along the edge of the pond and I was able to get to a better angle.

Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors
Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors

Finally he stood fully upright showing off his golden head, neck and chest feathers.

Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors
Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Closer Up

This Yellow-crowned Night-heron has become quite habituated to humans at Magnolia Cemetery. I saw several folks walk by and he never moved. This is the same heron as my wide view draped in Spanish Moss taken from the other side of the pond.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

This tree hangs out over one of the cemetery’s ponds and he had a great view of some hunting grounds.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Some sort of small crustaceans were around the edge of the water and the heron spent some time stalking them.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

GBH at Long White Bridge

The azalea blooms have gone by but the Long White Bridge is still a big attraction at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. On a recent afternoon this Great Blue Heron and I had the view to ourselves.

Great Blue Heron at Long White Bridge
Great Blue Heron at Long White Bridge

The heron slowly waded around the perimeter, creating a small ripple in the water. There was just enough breeze to move the entire surface of the water so no mirror-like reflections this time.

Great Blue Heron at Long White Bridge
Great Blue Heron at Long White Bridge

Great Egret Lift Off

I’ve commented before on birds’ desire to occupy the highest point. This applies even if it is just a clump of sticks in the pond. We’ve had a lot of wind lately and small branches and other debris is getting pushed around in the ponds. This Great Egret found an attractive twig collection to drop in on.

Great Egret
Great Egret

Then it started to sink and he took off, straight up into the air.

Great Egret Lift Off
Great Egret Lift Off

One flap of the wings and he was off.

Great Egret Lift Off
Great Egret Lift Off

Banking smoothly left he decided to try another spot.

Great Egret Lift Off
Great Egret Lift Off