Category Archives: Wading Birds

White Ibis Roosting

A small flock of White Ibis have been hanging out in this tree in late afternoons.

White Ibis Flock in Tree
White Ibis Flock in Closer Tree, Great Blue Heron nests in the trees behind

In other years Great Blue Herons have nested here.

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

Right now the GBH are only in the further trees and the Ibis have the run of this one

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

Squabbles among the Ibis are pretty common.

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

Sometimes they just want a bit of alone time.

White Ibis in Tree
White Ibis in Tree

Waiting

The top deck of the skinny tree has been occupied by a Great Blue Heron for several weeks. Some “nestoration” had been completed when I took this at the end of December.

Great Blue Heron Standing on Nest
Great Blue Heron Standing on Nest, December 29, 2020

Compare the nest to this image from December 14, before this nest site was claimed and a few orange leaves were still hanging on.

The Skinny Tree
The Skinny Tree

Great Blue Heron Singing for a Mate

At the darkest point of winter the end of my favorite pond where much of the Great Blue Heron nesting activity is in shadows while the Herons are still working at attracting mates.

Great Blue Heron Calling For A Mate
Great Blue Heron Calling For A Mate

The White Ibis wasn’t impressed with the song  and decided to move on.

Great Blue Heron Calling For A Mate
Great Blue Heron Calling For A Mate

The GBH remained hopeful, long feathers up.

Great Blue Heron Waiting For A Mate
Great Blue Heron Waiting For A Mate

I moved a bit further on, and the ritual began again.

Great Blue Heron Calling For A Mate
Great Blue Heron Calling For A Mate

January 3, 2021

Great Blue Heron In Sticks

As the Great Blue Herons move into breeding season I see them often as Stick Gatherers as seen in yesterday’s post.

Great Blue Heron Standing in Tree
Great Blue Heron Standing in Tree

This one was just hanging out in a bare tree, soaking up the afternoon sun.

Great Blue Heron Standing in Tree
Great Blue Heron Standing in Tree

I had seen the Heron from the other side of the tree and was surprised he stayed put until I passed by.

Great Blue Heron Standing in Tree
Great Blue Heron Standing in Tree

He gave me a nice photo shoot, then moved on.

Great Blue Heron Flying
Great Blue Heron Flying

Great Blue Heron Stick Gathering

Another nesting season has begun for the Great Blue Herons and this male was on a mission to find some nest material.

Great Blue Heron Flying to Pond Edge
Great Blue Heron Flying to Pond Edge

You can see from looking at the stick selection on the ground around him that he should have considered going a bit further from the nest.

Great Blue Heron Looking for Nest Material
Great Blue Heron Looking for Nest Material

He eventually found a small stick.

Great Blue Heron Flying With Stick
Great Blue Heron Flying With Stick

The route to his nest in the skinny tree was into the sun so this isn’t much of an image but gives you the idea of the action. And that the skinny tree is still standing.

Great Blue Heron Flying to Mate in Nest
Great Blue Heron Flying to Mate in Nest

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
January 4, 2021

Wood Stork Landing

Dropping almost in slow-motion a Wood Stork flew in, holding that awkward looking position all the way down.

Wood Stork Landing
Wood Stork Landing

The center of the pond is choked with marsh grass and cattails beyond the canal.

Wood Stork Landing
Wood Stork Landing

Fortunately for me the Stork skipped the canal, and had his sights on an open area.

Wood Stork Landing
Wood Stork Landing

He joined in feeding before his wings were even folded.

Wood Stork Landing
Wood Stork Landing

Black-crowned Night-heron Gathering

A flock of Black-crowned Night-Herons have been roosting around the big pond at Charleston’s Magnolia Cemetery.

 Black-crowned Night-Herons In Tree
Black-crowned Night-Herons In Tree

Every time someone walked underneath them, or sometimes for no apparent reason, they flew off.

Black-crowned Night-Heron Flying By
Black-crowned Night-Heron Flying By, Young Adult based on darker under wing color

A few minutes later they would fly back in ones and twos, putting on quite a show.

Black-crowned Night-Herons Flying By
Black-crowned Night-Herons Flying By, Adult on left, Juvenile on right

I’ve seen a few Black-crowned Night-Herons in this location before, but on Sunday estimated at least 30 to 40 birds. There may have been more that just staying tucked into the trees.

Black-crowned Night-Herons Flying Off
Black-crowned Night-Herons Flying Off