Tag Archives: Behavior

Make Way: Alligator Coming Through

I was watching a Little Blue Heron wander along the side of a pond when another movement caught my eye.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass

An Alligator climbed up out of the pond and plopped down in the middle of the path.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass

The heron just didn’t know what to make of it.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass

Back and forth he paced while the Alligator basked in the late afternoon sun.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass

Finally, he’s leaving!

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass

Where’d he go?

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass

The Little Blue Heron wasted no time following the Alligator down the bank into the marsh.

Alligator Getting Attention

A profiling Alligator caught my attention as I passed by.¬† I couldn’t hear any growling or other noise, but kept my eye on him. He might have been eating something or just showing off.

Alligator Profiling
Alligator Profiling

The action was all over in a few seconds, and that was the end of the excitement.

Two Alligators in Pond
Two Alligators in Pond, Ashley River in Background

At least from my viewpoint. It’s hard to know what, if anything, either Alligator was thinking.

Alligator in Pond
Alligator in Pond

Brown Pelican Chicks On the Beach

These are a few more images of Brown Pelicans chicks showing the chicks interacting, very awkwardly.

Brown Pelican Adult and Two Chicks
Brown Pelican Adult and Two Chicks

Adult Brown Pelicans are somewhat awkward on land, and if you notice the feet you can see why.

Brown Pelican Adult and Two Chicks
Brown Pelican Adult and Two Chicks

 

As previously mentioned, I regret I didn’t use a higher shutter speed to offset some of the bobbing boat motion. The images are over-sharpened somewhat to try to make up for that, but I wanted to share them for the seldom seen chick behavior.

Taken from a boat at Bird Key Stono Heritage Preserve
Between Kiawah Island and Folly Beach, SC

July 12, 2021

 

Sticky Beaks

Fellow blogger Ms. Liz, (ExploringColour.wordpress.com/) recently introduced me to the New Zealand term “sticky beak” used for an inquisitive and prying person.

Our chat came immediately to mind when I saw this group of barnyard chickens trying to peak through the slats into the coop where a few other chickens had been confined.

Chickens Gathered at Pen
Chickens Gathered at Pen

This chicken might have been as nosey but was exploring on his own.

Plymouth Rock Chicken Down the Lane
Plymouth Rock Chicken Down the Lane

Tricolored Heron Fishing on the Fly

These images show off the behavior better than the bird.

Tricolored Heron Fishing
Tricolored Heron Fishing

I had never seen a Tricolored Heron fish while flying.

Tricolored Heron Fishing
Tricolored Heron Fishing

He repeated this several times and dragging his feet in the water was part of the routine, perhaps to startle fish into moving.

Tricolored Heron Fishing
Tricolored Heron Fishing

You can just see his tiny catch hanging out of his beak.

Tricolored Heron Fishing
Tricolored Heron Fishing

Boat-tailed Grackle Pair, Singing

Well, it’s rather a harsh song, and can grate on your nerves if you are sharing space with them near a boat launch. That’s where I spotted this pair, the male trying really hard to impress the female.

Boat-tailed Grackle Pair
Boat-tailed Grackle Pair

When they are in the shade the grackle’s blue iridescent feathers don’t show off much but they make a nice silhouette.

Boat-tailed Grackle Pair
Boat-tailed Grackle Pair

The male’s efforts didn’t seem to be making enough impression.

Boat-tailed Grackle Pair
Boat-tailed Grackle Pair

Hmm, I can ignore you, too!

Boat-tailed Grackle Pair
Boat-tailed Grackle Pair