Three or four pairs of Yellow-crowned Night-Herons were nesting in this tree. It was hard to tell if the showy display was for the benefit of a mate or to scare off the circling crows. Maybe both.
This fellow paraded back and forth on this limb first showing off.
Then standing sentinel.
Caught this hawk watching over our backyard bird feeders. The small birds were aware and safely hidden.
Very few birds around North Cove in Essex today even though the water was calm.
A weeping willow is showing a hint of spring across the cove.
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It was not the “fire in the sky” sunrise I was hoping for, but just a warm glow for a few minutes before the sky turned dull.
The tide was in, which was good for the Double-crested Cormorants to swim and dive in the flooded marsh at the edge of the creek, but there were few wading birds around.
This Tricolored Heron made a few passes around the quiet sailboats.
Pineapple Fountain at the Charleston, SC, Waterfront Park.
Decommissioned in 1970, the USS Yorktown started service in World War II and is now the centerpiece of the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant, SC.
Way down in the ship an amazing array of dials that monitored and controlled a complex and massive engine system.
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The Yorktown from the Mount Pleasant Pier. Learn more about the
The sun was going down and the tide going out. This Great Blue Heron was looking for a spot to settle.
Looking out Shem Creek, Mount Pleasant, SC.
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On a return trip to the Audubon Garden at Magnolia Plantation I was able to focus more on the non-heron activity. Their nesting activity was still amazing to watch, but these birds also caught my eye.
A number of Blue-winged Teals were zipping about, mostly ignoring the Red-Shouldered Hawks watching from the trees.
This Ruby-crowned Kinglet was one of a variety of elusive small birds darting through the thick underbrush.
On this visit the only Woodpecker I saw was this Red-bellied, nicely offset by the Spanish Moss.
Following a ritual herons around this pond went back and forth fetching nesting materials.
These beaks weren’t made for carrying and much of what he picked up was lost.
Sticks seemed to be the favored material based on reaction back on the nest.
“Let me help you with that.”
I startled this vulture as he was feeding on a dead fish washed up at a boat landing on the Wando River. This, of course, startled me. Vultures are abundant near Charleston, SC, but this is the first one I’ve seen with his toes in the water.
Similar to the
Black Vultures, the Turkey Vulture is elegant in flight.
He swooped up to a nearby dock waiting for me to move on.