This quartet of American White Pelicans was paddling along and feeding in an old rice field impoundment.
These Pelicans are rather mesmerizing to watch, as they go back and forth, round and round.
Gallinules announce their presence vocally so I knew there were some nearby when I walked the dike around the old rice field pond at Magnolia a couple weeks ago.
I finally spotted some…one adult, two older juveniles and a few chicks. There are at least three chicks under the larger birds, and two more to the left in the reeds.
Interestingly the young chicks have the orange beak of a mature adult, but as they get older they turn all grey. Of course with six or more birds they are never all looking the same way at once.
The banks of the dike are overgrown most of the way around limiting view into the water.
August 4, 2020
These images combine a few of my favorite photography opportunities: Brown Pelicans, Reflections, and Birds in Flight.
The colored reflections in the water come from piers and docked boats on the other side of the creek.
March 28, 2020
Shem Creek, Mount Pleasant, SC
Maybe not friends, but tree-mates. This dead tree stands on the banks of the Ashley River and is popular perch for a variety of birds.
I have been watching some Yellow-crowned Night-herons that are nesting at the edge of a nearby pond. This one stayed here, perhaps getting a respite from nest duty, for over an hour.
The Anhinga and Grackle came and went. The sky stayed grey.
Acutally it was more of a slide than a dive.
But it was precise.
A final selection of the spot.
Toes out, wings tucked.
Hardly a ripple for score of 10.
Anhinga fish under water and often bring their catch to the surface and eat while they are swimming, flipping the fish around and swallowing it head first. This fellow may have tried that before climbing onto the alligator ramp.
He was having trouble dislodging the fish from his beak.
The ramp seemed like a convenient tool to work the fish free.
Or so he thought.
I missed the resolution this time. More than once I’ve seen the fish drop over the side after all that hard work.
This log was an easy spot for a female Anhinga to climb out of the water and preen.
I was able to move and get a different reflection from the nearby tree.
A light breeze ruffled the water as she spread her wings to dry.
April 15, 2019
This Great Blue Heron was looking stealthy. I was able to get down low and peek through the grass.
He was just off the walking path when I passed by and even from the far side I was close.
A female Anhinga perched so that she was overlooking a small pond.
You can see her giant feet wrapped around a slender branch and her sharp beak, used for spearing fish underwater.
I went a few steps to the right trying to clear the branches from my view which resulted in a drab sky. And different branches.
April 5, 2019