Tag Archives: Birds in Flight

American Avocets

I watched a group of American Avocets milling around in a shallow pond, some wading and some flying in small hops following whatever they were feeding on.

American Avocets American Avocets

Two did fly by fairly close to me and I hoped they would land for a close up shot, but they kept right on going to the other side of the pond.

American Avocets in Flight American Avocets in Flight

Another group landed a bit closer, then waded out of view.

American Avocets in Flight American Avocets in Flight

Taken 2/25/2019

Great Egret Returns with Stick

With a gracefully balanced stick a Great Egret flies to the nest he is building with his mate.

Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick
Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick

Wings out, feet ready for touch down, he glides into the tree.

Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick
Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick

Unfortunately for me, the nest is on the far side of the tree, but with no leaves out yet there is a view of the welcome home squawk.

Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick
Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick

Somehow these big birds manage to maneuver to a landing and not get tangled up with their building materials.

Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick
Great Egret Flying to Nest with Stick

2/28/2019

Great Blue Heron Stick Gathering

This Great Blue Heron opted to choose some nest building materials from the tree line where I was standing.

Great Blue Heron Flying Into Tree
Great Blue Heron Flying Into Tree

After a tricky landing he walked along a good sized branch while poking for loose material.

Great Blue Heron Selecting Stick
Great Blue Heron Selecting Stick

After discarding a few options he pulled an acceptable branch free and flew back to the nest.

Great Blue Heron Flying With Stick
Great Blue Heron Flying With Stick

Great Egret Flight

Even though we are seeing a lot of flower color around the swamp the trees are still mostly dull grey and brown. The island where this Great Egret took off has a few green palm trees which gave this flight shot some color.

Great Egret in Flight
Great Egret in Flight

As he flew over the open water the background wasn’t nearly as interesting so I edited it to be darker, giving a nice view of the Egret’s wing tips and layers.

Great Egret in Flight
Great Egret in Flight

As he approached his destination, a tree closer to the edge of the pond, the Egret started to pull up for landing.

Great Egret in Flight
Great Egret in Flight

Forster’s Tern

I’ve watched several Forster’s Terns the last few times I’ve been to the rice field impoundment. They are incredibly acrobatic in flight, twisting and turning, then swooping down to the water to go after small fish.

Forster's Tern
Forster’s Tern

They are quite striking birds, even in non-breeding plumage. When they’ve make the turn and loop back for another run at the pond is the best opportunity to photograph them.

Forster's Tern
Forster’s Tern

And did I mention they are fast? This is the best I got this day for a dive.

Forster's Tern
Forster’s Tern

If they pick up a small fish with their feet they quickly pass it to their mouth and down the hatch it goes.

Forster's Tern
Forster’s Tern