Tag Archives: Bird in Flight

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

Shades of Blue

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.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron – click photo for larger view

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.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron – click photo for larger view

An in-flight photo from underneath gives a perspective on their wing spans and shows off that their bodies aren’t all blue.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron – click photo for larger view

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.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron – click photo for larger view

April 22, 2017.

Black-crowned Night-Heron

A flock of at least eight Black-crowned Night-Herons have taken space in a couple of the islands at the Heron Rookery.

Black-crowned Night-Herons

I did not see any at our last visit, just four days ago, and I don’t yet know if they stay here to nest or if this is just a stop-over.

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Several of the Herons were making loops around the island in search of good perching spots.

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Click on any photo for larger view.