Tag Archives: Bird Behavior

Roseate Spoonbill Taking His Share Out Of The Middle

While the Snowy Egret pretended not to notice, the Roseate Spoonbill hopped to the front of the old duck blind frame.

Snowy Egret and Roseate Spoonbill
Snowy Egret and Roseate Spoonbill

And two-stepped his way closer to the Snowy Egret.

Snowy Egret and Roseate Spoonbill
Snowy Egret and Roseate Spoonbill

Who may still have been pretending, but he slid a bit closer to the end.

Snowy Egret and Roseate Spoonbill
Snowy Egret and Roseate Spoonbill

And there they stood…for a few minutes.

Snowy Egret and Roseate Spoonbill
Snowy Egret and Roseate Spoonbill

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
November 11, 2022

Roseate Spoonbill Finding His Spot

I hoped to see the sun rise this morning, a nice late 7:40 am. Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday and we go back to having to get up at O’dark thirty to get out anywhere to see that spectacle.

Instead an odd high fog kept the sun hidden until after 10:30. In the meantime, there were plenty of birds flying around, including a few Roseate Spoonbills  that seemed to be at odds about where to land.

Roseate Spoonbill in Flight
Roseate Spoonbill in Flight

This one finally chose the already occupied frame of an old duck blind.

Roseate Spoonbill Landing Over Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbill Landing Over Snowy Egret

Nailed the landing.

Roseate Spoonbill Landing Next To Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbill Landing Next To Snowy Egret

The Snowy Egret pretended not to notice.

Roseate Spoonbill Landing Next To Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbill Landing Next To Snowy Egret

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
November 11, 2022

King of the Hill: Roseate Spoonbill

The Roseate Spoonbill from my previous post hopped up on a small snag as the Tricolored Heron moved on. Being king of the hill or the first to occupy any object sticking out of the water seems to be a common Spoonbill behavior.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

It was something of a balancing act as the upturned roots didn’t provide a perch that looked suitable for those feet.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

He soon thought better of the idea and jumped down…

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

…making an easy water landing.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

Black Point Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge,  FL
April 12, 2022

Follow The Leader: Roseate Spoonbill and Tricolored Heron

Note: this post was supposed to get published this morning before “King of the Hill” and for some unknown reason is marked “Missed Schedule.” Not sure what is up with that, but here it is … I hope.

Wading birds often take advantage of another bird of their own or a different species leading the way as they feed.

Roseate Spoonbill Following Tricolored Heron
Roseate Spoonbill Following Tricolored Heron

It can work both ways.

Roseate Spoonbill Following Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron Following Roseate Spoonbill

The Spoonbill will benefit from the edible morsels that get stirred up by the Heron’s passing by as he sifts the water.

Roseate Spoonbill With Tricolored Heron
Roseate Spoonbill With Tricolored Heron

The Heron is looking for larger prey, which also can reveal their position as the birds wade around.

Roseate Spoonbill Following Tricolored Heron
Roseate Spoonbill Following Tricolored Heron

These two birds stuck together for several minutes until the Spoonbill got distracted by another activity, seen in my next post.

Roseate Spoonbill Following Tricolored Heron
Roseate Spoonbill Following Tricolored Heron

Black Point Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge,  FL
April 12, 2022

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Two Common Gallinules were making a splash.

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

A little dispute ensued…

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

A point was made…

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Face off!

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Ok, it’s all over, nothing more to see…

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Or not!

Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat
Common Gallinule Pair Having a Spat

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Reddish Egret Session Photobombed

There is no etiquette amongst the wading birds.

Reddish Egret
Reddish Egret

Birds just drop in on each other, no announcement necessary.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in

You were busy fishing, I’ll share your spot.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in, Tricolored Heron flying by
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in, Tricolored Heron flying by

Maybe just hop a bit further on.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in

I don’t know if they actually touched, but it sure was close.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in

The Reddish Egret never kept to his path and the Ibis did keep moving. Once the Ibis touched down he didn’t look as big as with his wings out.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis

According to Cornell’s All About Birds, the Glossy Ibis at 19-26 inches(48-66 cm) in length is slightly smaller than the Reddish Egret  at 28-31 inches (70-80 cm).

Black Point Wildlife Drive
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, FL
April 12, 2022

Meanwhile, Level 2 of the Skinny Tree

Or, The Challenge

I know you are down there!

Great Blue Heron Alert to an Intruder
Great Blue Heron Alert to an Intruder

And I want you to leave!

Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron
Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron

Not going!

Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron
Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron

Says who?

Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron
Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron

Oh, I think you are!

Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron
Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron won this round when the Great Egret took off but it was less then ten minutes and he came back.

The Skinny Tree, Great Blue Heron in top nest, Great Egret working nest below
The Skinny Tree, Great Blue Heron in top nest, Great Egret hasn’t made much progress on his nest down below

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
March 15, 2022

Great Egrets, Breeding Plumage

Great Egrets are starting to gather and show off some breeding behavior.

Great Egrets, Breeding Plumage
Great Egrets, Breeding Plumage

For reasons unknown they have chosen the denser, more distant trees at our local rookery over the closer and easier photographed options of previous years.

Great Egrets, Breeding Plumage
Great Egrets, Breeding Plumage

Still plenty of time to show off and room for more.

Great Egrets, Breeding Plumage
Great Egrets, Breeding Plumage

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
March 2, 2022

Great Egret Goal Posts

It was a nail-biter.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

For me.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

Surely the White Pelican would swoosh between the Great Egrets…

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

But no, he ran out of oomph and veered left.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

There was to be no touch down score for this American White Pelican

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing Between Two Great Egrets

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
February 23, 2022