We get Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in our yard, but they are very shy, zipping away at the slightest movement towards them. These images were taken at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, near the ticket kiosk, with a steady stream of humans much of the day.
There is also a great selection of flowers for the hummers to feed on.
I missed the actual lift off from the water, and you can see from the little splash that it was a dainty maneuver. I believe this trio was standing on a submerged log, not on the muddy pond floor, which likely would take more effort.
One big flap of the wings and he was up…
and away, leaving his pals behind.
As I’ve witnessed other times, he wasn’t going far after all that. He settled on the other side of a hummock and started to feed.
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
February 9, 2022
The Little Blue Herons are working on their nests on the interiors of two little islands. They get into squabbles with their mates or their neighbors then take a spin around the island, sometimes taking a time out before getting back into the fray in the dense undergrowth.
Out in the open it is easier to see their beautiful blues. The intense blue on their beaks is a match for the blue sky on this April day.
An in-flight photo from underneath gives a perspective on their wing spans and shows off that their bodies aren’t all blue.
The Little Blue Heron’s various blues seem more purple than blue in the bright sun. This one is about to disappear into the greenery towards his nest.