Category Archives: Wading Birds

Green Heron Stalking Lunch

Slowly, slowly a Green Heron inched along a log and finally moved into a small patch of sun for a well lit photograph.

Green Heron
Green Heron

Herons are known for their patient hunting and this one had the routine down.

Green Heron
Green Heron

With less patience than the Green Heron I put my camera down when he stood up a bit thinking he had given up on whatever he was stalking. I should have stuck with it another 20 seconds.

Green Heron
Green Heron

Bam, a large frog became lunch but was not to be photographed as heron with frog disappeared into the dark underbrush.

Little Blue Heron Teaching Flying

Adult Little Blue Herons actively teach their young how to fly, encouraging them to take off by demonstrating and often tempting them to the end of branches with food. This adult and the juvenile on the right had their legs intertwined so I thought for sure the juvenile would launch.

Juvenile Little Blue Herons
Juvenile Little Blue Herons with Adult

The juvenile of this trio on the left had at least a short hop down as he arrived from a nearby tree after I started taking these images. The adult took off.

Juvenile Little Blue Herons
Juvenile Little Blue Herons

None of the three juveniles followed the parent.

Juvenile Little Blue Herons
Juvenile Little Blue Herons

After a little squabble the three settled down to wait for the adult to return for another try.

Juvenile Little Blue Herons
Juvenile Little Blue Herons

7/10/2018

Spoonbill Landing

I watched several groups of Roseate Spoonbills yesterday feeding in a shallow pond. They were all business as the little fish scurried around in the water.

Roseate Spoonbill Landing
Roseate Spoonbill Landing

This Spoonbill left the group he was with, perhaps hoping for better feeding. Before long the other ten or so from his original group followed along.

Roseate Spoonbill Landing
Roseate Spoonbill Landing

Those in this group didn’t even appear to notice and just kept on feeding.

Roseate Spoonbill Landing
Roseate Spoonbill Landing

Spoonbill Getting Goosed

Most of the time the Roseate Spoonbills move in a group when they are feeding: all heads down, wade forward, turn left, turn right, concentrate on sifting the water.

Roseate Spoonbill Goosing
Roseate Spoonbill Goosing

Every once in awhile a little kerfuffle breaks out, for reasons only birds can know.

Roseate Spoonbill Goosing
Roseate Spoonbill Goosing

The bird getting goosed here did his best to keep the peace and stepped ahead.

Roseate Spoonbill Goosing
Roseate Spoonbill Goosing

And stepped ahead some more. A third Spoonbill kept about his own business, turning away as the interlopers closed in.

Roseate Spoonbill Goosing
Roseate Spoonbill Goosing, with Great Egret watching

Finally some distance between them and they all settled down and back to feeding.

Roseate Spoonbill Goosing
Roseate Spoonbill Goosing

Yellow-crowned Night-Herons in the Fountain

I liked the illusion that this Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was standing in a vast pool of rippling water.

Yellow-crowned Night-Herons
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

He was enjoying a little dip and splash on a very hot Charleston day.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

A view from the other side shows the heron was standing at the edge of a fountain, just where the water dropped into a pool below.

Yellow-crowned Night-Herons
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Sony Alpha-6500, Sony 55-210 mm lens.

Black Skimmer Through the Spoonies

Doing their own thing to get breakfast, a Black Skimmer and a flock of Roseate Spoonbills ignored each other.

Black Skimmer Passing Roseate Spoonbills
Black Skimmer Passing Roseate Spoonbills

I was focused on the Skimmer and didn’t expect him to pass that close to the Spoonbills.

Black Skimmer Passing Roseate Spoonbills
Black Skimmer Passing Roseate Spoonbills

The Skimmer made a second pass, probably realizing that the concentrated efforts of the other birds meant that they were on to something.

Black Skimmer Passing Roseate Spoonbills
Black Skimmer Passing Roseate Spoonbills

The Spoonbills continued sifting the water, not at all disturbed by the Skimmer.

Black Skimmer Passing Roseate Spoonbills
Black Skimmer Passing Roseate Spoonbills