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Roseate Spoonbills, Another Opportunity

A few miles from where I hoped the Roseate Spoonbills, Would Come on Down I spotted another group with a few Great Egrets gathered in an old rice field impoundment. They took off before I got to a gap in the reeds where I could get an image.

Roseate Spoonbills and Great Egret Taking Off
Roseate Spoonbills and Great Egret Taking Off

They circled the area, staying low.

Roseate Spoonbills and Great Egrets Taking Off
Roseate Spoonbills and Great Egrets Taking Off

A few of the Spoonbills went right over my head before settling in another connected impoundment.

Roseate Spoonbill Overhead
Roseate Spoonbill Overhead

Roseate Spoonbills, Come on Down!

I was on a dike between two ponds, one of which was a perfect spot for these passing Roseate Spoonbills to land, at least to my eye.

Roseate Spoonbills In Flight
Roseate Spoonbills In Flight

They had other ideas about cutting their flight short but gave me a nice fly-by show.

Roseate Spoonbills In Flight
Roseate Spoonbills In Flight

Maybe they already had breakfast.

Roseate Spoonbills In Flight
Roseate Spoonbills In Flight

Then they disappeared into the distance.

Roseate Spoonbills In Flight
Roseate Spoonbills In Flight

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
August 6, 2020

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Some of this year’s juvenile Little Blue Herons are still hanging around the swamp, now on their own. The parents have moved on, no longer providing meals.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

I was not expecting him to fly and he almost flew out of my frame. I liked the fall-ish background so kept the image even without much leading space in front of the bird.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Taking Off

He didn’t go very far and when I rounded a corner on the trail he was in front of me again.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School

The last few groups of this year’s juvenile Little Blue Heron are learning to fly.

It was a dull day and the adult Little Blue doesn’t show up that well, but it was fun to watch.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School

The little fellow wasn’t that interested. Maybe he knows this is the end of “food delivery by mama”.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School

After unsuccessfully trying to lure the youngster upward, finally the adult tried pushing.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School

Junior flew out onto a nearby branch. Now what do I do?

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School

A juvenile from another nest shows how it is done.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School

Swallow-tailed Kite

We’ve been seeing a few Swallow-tailed Kites around, including one flying over our house last week, so I wasn’t surprised to spot a group of 10 or 15 circling over one of the marshes this morning.

Swallow-tailed Kite Feeding
Swallow-tailed Kite Feeding Midair

These raptors feed by snatching insects, often dragonflies, out of the air or off their perch on a tree or reed.

Swallow-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite

Their flight skills are just amazing and they make full use of their tail and wings to swoop and dive.

Swallow-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite, Insect in Claw

A mix of Swallow-tailed Kites, Mississippi Kites, and few terns were working this area.

Swallow-tailed Kites, Mississippi Kites, Gulls
Swallow-tailed Kites, Mississippi Kites, Gulls