Tag Archives: Bird in Flight

American Avocet Flyby

I was quite surprised to see two American Avocet flying by at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens last week. The big rice field pond has been drained in preparation for repairs and a controlled burn and all sorts of water birds have stopped by.

American Avocet Flying By
American Avocet Flying By

The Avocet are one of my favorite birds with their understated color scheme, graceful posture and elegant beak.

American Avocet Flying By
American Avocet Flying By

The pair looped around me twice but I didn’t get them in the same frame again.

American Avocet Flying By
American Avocet Flying By

And I didn’t see where they landed, or if they just continued on their way.

American Avocet Flying By
American Avocet Flying By

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
November 3, 2022

Great Blue Heron Flying In

A Great Blue Heron flew across one of the canals at the edge of rice field…

Great Blue Heron Flying By
Great Blue Heron Flying By

…feet down for the landing

Great Blue Heron Flying By
Great Blue Heron Flying By

Flaps up…

Great Blue Heron Landing
Great Blue Heron Landing

Splashless touchdown…

Great Blue Heron Landing
Great Blue Heron Landing

And tucked right into the tall grass.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

If I hadn’t seen him fly in I probably wouldn’t have spotted him.

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
August 10, 2022

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

July 21, 2022

Brown Pelican Flyby

This Brown Pelican buzzed our boat on our way out to Bird Key Stono.

Brown Pelican Flying By
Brown Pelican Flying By

With a long steady swoop he caught up to us.

Brown Pelican Flying By
Brown Pelican Flying By

The local birds have learned that boats can mean scraps from fisherman/shrimpers.

Brown Pelican Flying By
Brown Pelican Flying By

He gave us the look then dropped into the water. Too bad for him that as bird watchers we had nothing for him.

Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican

June 2, 2022

White Pelican Landing

Landing gear down, an American White Pelican prepared for splash down.

American White Pelican
American White Pelican

He aimed for the wake his pal had just left…

American White Pelican
American White Pelican

…and his pal.

American White Pelican
American White Pelican

I guess they have done this before…

American White Pelican
American White Pelican

…  neither displayed any concern about their proximity.

American White Pelican
American White Pelican

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
February 9, 2022

White Pelican Taking Off

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.

American White Pelican
American White Pelican

One big flap of the wings and he was up…

American White Pelican
American White Pelican {wingspan: 96.1-114.2 in (244-290 cm)

and away, leaving his pals behind.

American White Pelican
American White Pelican

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.

American White Pelican
American White Pelican

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
February 9, 2022

Brown Pelican Over Surf

There was a lot going on at Bird Key and it was hard to focus on just one bird. The boat was moving, many of the birds were moving and every which way, the water was moving…you get the idea.

Brown Pelicans
Brown Pelicans

I did follow this one Pelican flying along the shore, hoping to see him land.

Brown Pelicans
Brown Pelicans

He flew over another Pelican frolicking in the surf and past some Laughing Gulls.

Brown Pelicans
Brown Pelicans

The Pelican in the water started flapping like he was going to take off.

Brown Pelicans
Brown Pelicans

I’m not sure now if this was the flying bird settling into the water, or the flapper who just sunk back down for some more spa treatment from the surf.

Brown Pelicans
Brown Pelicans

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

July 12, 2021