Category Archives: Wading Birds

Territorial Dispute: Snowy Egret vs Tricolored Heron, Part 2

Now what turned into some beak clacking.

Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff
Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff

Size isn’t everything, but sometimes it helps.

Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff
Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff

Finally the Tricolored Heron made a full body move…

Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff
Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff

…pushing the Snowy Egret off his perch.

Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff
Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff

The Tricolored Heron got tangled up in the palm fronds for a few seconds, but not apparent damage.

Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff
Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron Faceoff

Territorial Dispute: Snowy Egret vs Tricolored Heron, Part 1

St. Augustine Alligator Farm, FL
April 13, 2022

Cattle Egrets Working On Nest

A number of Cattle Egrets were nesting around the rookery, including this one that was working on some finishing touches.

Cattle Egret Working on Nest
Cattle Egret Working on Nest

Another seemed all settled in on the next palm tree.

Cattle Egret on Nest
Cattle Egret on Nest

Last, one that was taking a break from his hard work, giving me a nice view of his breeding colors.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

St. Augustine Alligator Farm, FL
April 13, 2022

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

These Roseate Spoonbill chicks were about to get fed, and they were ready!

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks, both adults

There were at least three chicks, the two in the middle and check out the lower left corner:

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

The way the adult facing away from us kept poking down below her mate I wondered if there was a fourth chick out of my view.

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

A little wider view showing more of the palm tree.

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

St. Augustine Alligator Farm, FL
April 13, 2022

Great Egret Chick Pair, Prequel

After I posted Great Egret Chick Pair yesterday I remembered I had taken some pictures earlier this spring at their nest. They aren’t great images, but I thought interesting as part of yesterday’s story.

On April 29 the adult was laying on the nest, presumable incubating eggs. At that point based on previous years’ outcomes I didn’t have much hope for a productive nest.

Great Egret On Nest
Great Egret On Nest April 29

Then on May 17th I discovered the chicks had not only  hatched but grown enough to be visible.

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks May 17

I’d say a week to ten days old as a guess.

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks May 17

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
April 29 and May 17, 2022

Great Egret Chick Pair

Again this year a pair of Great Egrets attempted to raise a family in a pine bough just off the nature trail at Ravenswood Pond.

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks

Different this year is that they have had success, at least so far. Two years ago the eggs were not viable and last year there were two or three chicks but they did not live long.

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks, This bough hangs over the pond

Survival rate for chicks is pretty low, and looking at this flimsy nest you can easily identify a few dangers plus they have a number of predators.

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks

In the mean-time, these two have some shade…

Great Egret Chick
Great Egret Chick

and they look well fed.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
June 10, 2022

Yellow-crowned Night-heron, On The Hunt

A Yellow-crowned Night-heron was hunting along the edge of a small pond, wading into the grass rather than the water.

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

Success!

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

I have no idea what the meal was.

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

It went down the hatch in one quick gulp.

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

May 22, 2021
Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC