Tag Archives: Birds in Flight

Black Skimmers Buzzing the Beach

The noise of a flock of birds reached my brain as I was concentrating on some Willets in the beach surf. Ah, Skimmers!

Black Skimmers in Flight
Black Skimmers in Flight

I diverted my attention and dropped down to my knees, hoping the flock would show off their skimming skills right in front of me.

Black Skimmers in Flight
Black Skimmers in Flight

Alas, they had other ideas.

Black Skimmers in Flight
Black Skimmers in Flight

And soon disappeared from my sight.

Black Skimmers in Flight
Black Skimmers in Flight

Early Morning Great Blue Heron

The sun was up but it was a hazy. A Great Blue Heron passed by with a few squawks, putting out his landing gear.

Great Blue Heron Landing
Great Blue Heron Landing

He scored a nice landing.

Great Blue Heron Landing
Great Blue Heron Landing

He only stayed a moment, perhaps rethinking being out in the open. Two Bald Eagles were patrolling the skies, and while the Great Blue would be an unlikely target they are keenly aware of the predators.

Great Blue Heron Landing
Great Blue Heron Landing

Bald Eagle Coming In

Shortly after I took the image in my post “Bald Eagle Calling His Mate” I spotted another Eagle flying into the tree line.

Bald Eagle Landing In Tree
Bald Eagle Landing In Tree

By this time the first Eagle had also moved and I’m not sure which one was which. When you’re watching nature unfold through a lens sometimes you miss part, or all, of the action!

Bald Eagle Landing In Tree
Bald Eagle Landing In Tree

This flying Eagle landed in the lower position of the tree and they both settled in.

Bald Eagle Pair in Tree
Bald Eagle Pair in Tree

From this vantage point they can see up and down the Ashley River, the action on several small ponds on this property, and into a marsh on the other side of the river.

Bald Eagle Pair in Tree
Bald Eagle Pair in Tree

And look they do, both turning their heads regularly, but overall content to perch right there.

Brown Pelican Showing Off His Feet

Brown Pelicans are fascinating to watch in flight, so graceful yet so prehistoric looking.

Brown Pelican Fly By
Brown Pelican Fly By

I thought this one was going to land and try to catch a fish. He dropped his feet.

Brown Pelican Fly By
Brown Pelican Fly By

But then he tucked them in as he glided over a school of jumping fish.

Brown Pelican Fly By
Brown Pelican Fly By

Fooled me again.

Brown Pelicans eat by either diving into the water and scooping food into their beak/pouch or sometimes by bobbing on the water and snatching up a fish, not by picking it up with their feet–I’m not sure what he was up to here.

Brown Pelican Fly By
Brown Pelican Fly By

Then it was landing gear up and away he went down the river, no lunch.

Brown Pelican Fly By
Brown Pelican Fly By

Skimmers at the Beach

A flock of mostly Black Skimmers with a few terns, gulls and Oyster Catchers mixed in were occupying a sand bar at the edge of the ocean near where the Kiawah River runs into the Atlantic.

Black Skimmers Taking Off
Black Skimmers Taking Off

As I’ve seen before some signal is received by the birds and they all take off and relocate at once.

Black Skimmers Over Ocean Surf
Black Skimmers Over Ocean Surf

This was just past low tide and their real estate was shrinking quickly with the incoming tide. They settled down on the next available spot, dislocating a few pipers.

Black Skimmers Landing at Beach
Black Skimmers Landing at Beach

The terns were more inclined to stay put, not minding the surf lapping at their legs.

Black Skimmers Over Surf
Black Skimmers Over Surf

Beachwalker Park, Kiawah, SC 9/24/2019