A Great Blue Herons was flying loops around the little island, jockeying for nest position. I can’t resist shooting these giant birds in flight, especially with the reddish background. It had gotten quite dark and had rained for a few minutes. That didn’t slow the herons down at all.
After locating a big stick for the nest this Great Blue Heron zoomed up to the nest.
His mate is hidden behind the Spanish Moss.
With a quick landing maneuver the male worked the branch into the nest area. where the female took over.
Snow Egrets are pretty entertaining as the hunt for food, no standing around staring at the water waiting for prey like some of the other wading birds.
Back and forth, stirring up the water as needed, they put a lot of effort into obtaining lunch. This fellow wasn’t having much luck.
A few pairs of Great Blue Herons are hard a work building nests at Ravenswood Pond. This male, identified by behavior as the female almost always stays at the nest to receive and organize the sticks, brought material from all around the pond.
On this trip he headed to the pond edge closest to the nest, which happens to have the walking trail where I was standing.
He swooped in under a Spanish Moss covered tree.
December 17, 2019
A few Great Egrets were competing for the preferred spot in a small pond.
I couldn’t tell what was so special about it, but they kept taking turns occupying it…
…with several loud squawks announcing their intentions.
When not flying the Great Blue Herons are slow movers most of the time and on this day I watched several just moseying along.
This one meandered across this pond with no apparent purpose.
A Wood Stork continued about his business as the Heron waded by.
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
November 28, 2019
I rounded the corner to the swamp and saw a Great Egret standing quite close to the edge.
I maneuvered to get a better vantage point. It was windy and Spanish Moss was dangling between us. He flew off before I got the angle I really wanted.
A Tricolored Heron made a grand entrance, landing on the edge of a canal that runs along the edge of a marsh.
He immediately started patrolling the water, looking for lunch.
Alas, this was just a piece of grass, not the hoped for fish.
Undaunted, he reversed direction and continued the hunt.
November 27, 2019
The sun was bright but it was cold enough for me to have gloves on. Most of the other wading birds around this pond were tucked up into trees. This Great Egret chose to stand in the water, even though he wasn’t fishing. Clearly the birds have a different idea of temperature control than I do.
Most of the trees around the pond have dropped their leaves, leaving the backdrop of tree limbs looking dull and lifeless. This remaining blaze of orange set off the Great Blue Heron nicely. It was a bit far and a dull day so the bird is kind of soft but I liked the overall look.