Tag Archives: Birds in Flight

The Amazing Hover, 2

Further along in my walk after photographing The Amazing Hover, 1 I spotted another hunting Least Tern.

Least Tern Hovering
Least Tern Hovering

It was interesting to see the bird from a head-on angle, and how his wings worked.

Least Tern Hovering
Least Tern Hovering

He moved very little, hovering in place. I had no trouble staying focused on his position.

Least Tern Hovering
Least Tern Hovering

And I got the start of a dive. Unfortunately my view of the surface was obstructed and I missed the splash and couldn’t tell if he caught a fish.

Least Tern Hovering
Least Tern Hovering

Snowy Egret, Coming Through

A number of Snowy Egrets are nesting on a nearby island, along with some Little Blue Herons, Great Egrets and Anhinga. This fellow couldn’t seem to find a satisfactory spot to land and took a swoop out over the pond.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

He put his landing gear down, but the water is a little too deep right here for them and those few sticks in the water wouldn’t have held him up.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

Ah, a precarious perch, but all mine.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

He assessed the situation back on the island…

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

and gave it another try.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

Black-crowned Night Heron

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens re-opened on Friday for visitors to walk the property. We went for the first time today and this was the first bird I photographed.

A Black-crowned Night Heron was peering down into a tangle of an evergreen tree.

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron

Some flapping in the tree’s interior ensued and I could just see another heron laying on a nest. It also looks like there is another laying in the upper right of this image.

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron Nest

After some more flapping and moving about that I couldn’t see, one of the herons left.

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron

He didn’t go far at first, perching in a nearby tree before he flew off–probably to find a meal.

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron

Great Egret, Nest Material

A Great Egret was going back and forth the length of the pond gathering sticks for his nest.

Great Egret Flying With Nest Material
Great Egret Flying With Nest Material

He flew close to the water on quite a few trips, creating some reflection opportunities.

Great Egret Flying With Nest Material
Great Egret Flying With Nest Material

Along with some duck weed there was a variety of other vegetative flotsam floating across the pond.

Great Egret Flying With Nest Material
Great Egret Flying With Nest Material

April 2019

Duck Fly By

Something overhead startled this flock of ducks into the air.

Flying Duck Flock
Flying Duck Flock

Camera at the ready, I waited for them to fly closer to me, but they headed towards the back of the pond.

Flying Duck Flock
Flying Duck Flock

They circled around a few times, settled back into the water, then did it all over again.

Flying Duck Flock
Flying Duck Flock

With at least one Eagle in the area these ducks weren’t interested in being lunch.

Flying Duck Flock
Flying Duck Flock

February 10, 2020
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area