Category Archives: Wading Birds

Multiple Juvenile Black-crowned Night-herons

A series of canals that run along and between some old rice fields has become a gathering spot for young Black-crowned Night-herons.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron

When the tide is out there is a buffet of crabs and other creatures exposed for lunch down in the canals.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron

When we passed through the tide was in and the birds exhibited heron patience in the trees.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron

A few of them swapped positions, pushing each other around, but this one just held his position.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron

A few more of the juvenile Black-crowned Night-herons were in another tree line but proved to be a bit more skittish.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron

Roseate Spoonbills

Roseate Spoonbills like shallow water for feeding and general hanging around.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

Unfortunately said water is not always so attractive for photographs.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

And often involves even less attractive mud.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

This duo seems to be assessing the local; they did not find it lacking.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
August 29, 2021

GBH Moving On

After his less than elegant landing on the other side of the pond this Great Blue Heron decided to move on.

Great Blue Heron Flying Over Pond
Great Blue Heron Flying Over Pond

A few flaps of his wings and he cleared the pond and headed for the dike by the river.

Great Blue Heron Flying Off
Great Blue Heron Flying Off

A few palm trees along he path let us know we are in the south.

Great Blue Heron Flying Past Palm Tree
Great Blue Heron Flying Past Palm Tree

Middleton Place, Charleston, SC
September 14, 2021

White Ibis Parade

White Ibis are busy birds, poking and pecking as they go along looking for about anything to eat.

White Ibis
White Ibis

Usually in the water, this trio led a parade along the bank of a pond.

White Ibis
White Ibis

The water at the edge of the pond was too deep for them to wade so they worked their way around on the grass.

White Ibis
White Ibis

One stopped to take in the view.

White Ibis
White Ibis

Middleton Place, Charleston, SC
September 14, 2021

Great Blue Heron Flying By

This Great Blue Heron flew across the pond as I approached. I had a nice view as the pondside reeds have been cut back.

Great Blue Heron Flying Over Pond
Great Blue Heron Flying Over Pond

The water was high and he didn’t stop at the edge of where they sometimes hang out, even with Alligators lurking at the edge.

Great Blue Heron Flying Over Pond
Great Blue Heron Flying Over Pond

The heron lifted up over that Hummock, headed for a nearby tree.

Great Blue Heron Flying By
Great Blue Heron Flying By

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 19, 2021

Tamron 19-400 MM lens, with some chromatic aberration in the flight over water images that Topaz sharpen made worse.  The first two images are without any sharpening.