Category Archives: Wading Birds

Great Egret – Watcha Doing?

Great Egret nesting season is over and there are just a few left hanging around the rookery area, sort of at loose ends. This one in the foreground had taken a walk into a dense wet area away from the pond.

Great Egret Walking
Great Egret Walking

The other one seemed to think he was missing something.

Great Egret Walking Being Watched
Great Egret Walking Being Watched

Bird number one wanted to be on his own and marched across the walking path.

Great Egret Walking Being Watched
Great Egret Walking Being Watched

I’m out of here!

Great Egret Flying Away
Great Egret Flying Away, Leaving a Batman Shadow

Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Twig Poking

There were several Yellow-crowned Night-herons in the trees around the big pond at Magnolia Cemetery and a few were pulling on sticks.

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

The end of June seemed late for gathering nest material, but perhaps it was for a repair.

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

Or maybe they just liked to poke around in the trees.

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

There didn’t seem to be any urgency to the mission.

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

A couple of them were just watching–me as well as the other herons.

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

June 27, 2021
Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC

Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chicks

A fellow photographer pointed out this nest where he had seen three Yellow-crowned Night-heron chicks the day before. With the fuzzy head and how he was mostly laying down I’d guess a week or 10 days old.

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

After a bit the first chick and one nest-mate, rather camouflaged to the right in the twigs, stood up for a look around.

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

From a different angle a quarter of a way around the tree I spotted one chick. He looked older, but it’s hard to say for sure with the curtain of Spanish Moss.

If you zoom in you’ll see an eye of a second bird to the left of the standing bird, at nest-top level, just before the big clump of Spanish Moss.

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

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
June 27, 2021

Great Egret Chicks: Learning To Get Along

Other than getting fed juvenile wading birds don’t have much to do until they learn to fly. If there is more than one in the nest any siblings are fair game for attention and practicing life skills.

Juvenile Great Egret Chicks
Juvenile Great Egret Chicks, Adult Flying Off

In this case they didn’t pay any heed to their neighbors, which in turn, ignored them.

Juvenile Great Egret Chicks
Juvenile Great Egret Chicks

Even when the ruckus ramped up.

Juvenile Great Egret Chicks
If I Don’t Look It’s Not Happening

Green Heron, Below My Feet

In contrast to Green Heron, Over My Head, Two Views sometimes I see birds below my level, from a boardwalk or dike. While not the head-on image we might prefer, this Green Heron was close enough for details of his gorgeous feathers.

Green Heron
Green Heron

He took some time to preen and inspect…

Green Heron
Green Heron

… scratched in itch…

Green Heron
Green Heron

… before flying to a nearby clump in the swamp.

Green Heron
Green Heron

Great Egret Chicks: Feed Me!

Adult Great Egrets get quite a workout feeding their young, and all this after procuring something for them to eat.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

The chicks are aggressive about getting their share.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

You can hear the “feed me” chorus, which is how the photographer often knows there is action afoot.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

One more go at the regurgitation. I never saw the food, at this age it goes directly into the juvenile’s throats.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

That’s it, I’m out.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks