Category Archives: Wading Birds

Great Blue Heron Precarious Landing

Or, Tree-top Dancer

Great Blue Heron Treetop Landing
Great Blue Heron Treetop Landing

The big birds sometimes show lapses in judgement…

Great Blue Heron Treetop Landing
Great Blue Heron Treetop Landing

I’m sure this scrawny tree top hold me up…

Great Blue Heron Treetop Landing
Great Blue Heron Treetop Landing

Tip-toe a little…

Great Blue Heron Treetop Landing
Great Blue Heron Treetop Landing

Flap a bit…

Great Blue Heron Treetop Landing
Great Blue Heron Treetop Landing

He kept trying longer than I expected…

Great Blue Heron Treetop Landing
Great Blue Heron Treetop Landing

…but in the end, exited stage right.

Great Blue Heron Treetop Landing
Great Blue Heron Treetop Landing

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, SC
March 14, 2023

Great Blue Heron Flying With Nesting Material

Back and forth from the nest, the Great Blue Herons continue to work on the nest even after the eggs are laid and hatch.

Great Blue Heron Flying For Nesting Material
Great Blue Heron Flying For Nesting Material
Great Blue Heron Flying For Nesting Material
Great Blue Heron Flying For Nesting Material
Great Blue Heron Flying For Nesting Material
Great Blue Heron Flying For Nesting Material
Great Blue Heron Flying With Nesting Material
Great Blue Heron Flying With Nesting Material

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, SC
March 5, 2023

White Ibis In A Swamp

As is sometimes the case with White Ibis, I heard them before I saw them, at first thinking the mumble, mumble was a human. Then a caught a glimpse.

White Ibis
White Ibis

There were a half dozen of them poking around in this swampy area, and this one gave me an unobstructed view.

White Ibis
White Ibis

And a bit of reflection.

White Ibis
White Ibis
White Ibis
White Ibis

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, SC
March 5, 2023

Ballet Over Water, And a Tango

This series was taken just after the sun came up a few weeks ago.

Great Egret Hovering Over Pond
Great Egret Hovering Over Pond

There were long shadows on the pond and the light was changing rapidly.

Great Egret Hovering Over Pond
Great Egret Hovering Over Pond, Anhinga Perched on Alligator Ramp

Two to Tango:  A brief territorial spat…

Great Egret Pair Hovering Over Pond
Great Egret Pair Hovering Over Pond

While one Great Egret circled around…

Great Egret Hovering Over Pond
Great Egret Hovering Over Pond

…the other opted to fly off.

Great Egret Hovering Over Pond and Alligator
Great Egret Flying Off and Alligator Swimming By

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, SC
February 23, 2023

Great Blue Heron: Close Fly Bys

Sometimes the nesting birds fly closer than I expect. I cut his wing off but still liked the image.

Great Blue Heron Flying By
Great Blue Heron Flying By

This paved path runs the length of Ravenswood Pond, home of the Skinny Tree, that I was watching when this GBH flew in. There is a lot of loose tree debris that is easy pickings and it’s just a few wing flaps back to the nest.

Great Blue Heron Flying By
Great Blue Heron Flying By

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, SC
March 5, 2023