Category Archives: Wading Birds

Wood Storks Feeding

Last fall the land managers let this old rice field dry out and some vegetation flourished, then died back over the winter, leaving tall stalks and weed trees. Sometime over the winter water was let back in, and now covers the field.

Wood Storks Feeding
Wood Storks Feeding

The wading birds are happy to poke around looking for food, including this small flock of Wood Storks.

Wood Storks Feeding
Wood Storks Feeding

I thought they were coming back toward me, but they quickly did another u-turn and moved to the back of the field.

Wood Storks Feeding
Wood Storks Feeding

Green Heron, Times Three

I walked a remote trail this morning along an old rice field canal and was happy to see a number of Green Herons. They were pretty skittish and I most were rear end views.

Green Heron in Limbs
Green Heron in Limbs

The majority of them were down closer to the water but this one was interested in something happening in another tree.

Green Heron
Green Heron

This is the same Heron as above, taken from the other side of the tree.

Green Heron
Green Heron

White Ibis in Swamp

This section of swamp is newly flooded this year. A small flock of Ibis has added it to their route, poking their way around it looking for food.

White Ibis in Swamp
White Ibis in Swamp

Ibis are never concerned about swamp junk getting stuck to them or how deep the water might be.

White Ibis in Swamp
White Ibis in Swamp

Here I come…

White Ibis in Swamp
White Ibis in Swamp

surely there is something to eat under this log.

White Ibis in Swamp
White Ibis in Swamp

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens announced today that they are now closed until further notice. I will miss my peaceful walks in the woods and keeping up with the birds.

A Bird’s Gotta Eat

This Great Egret spent considerable time picking out this stick for his nest and finally took off.

Great Egret with Stick
Great Egret with Stick

He didn’t get far… I see something better!

Great Egret Stopping for Snack
Great Egret Stopping for Snack

Or a snack.

Great Egret Stopping for Snack
Great Egret Stopping for Snack

Snack swallowed and the stick hunting process starts again.

Great Egret Stopping for Snack
Great Egret Stopping for Snack

After picking up and discarding several options, he chose this modest stick to present to his mate.

Great Egret with Stick
Great Egret with Stick

March 18, 2020