A beautiful Snowy Egret zipped by me with a nice background of fall looking grasses.
Flying in from the far side of the pond.
It’s all about following the food.
Oops, need to be a bit closer.
Now he’s ahead of the pack.
And immediately started eating
A Roseate Spoonbill was on a steady course towards the Spoonie Tree.
Landing is a delicate matter, but little attention is paid towards occupied spots vs plenty of open space.
All good, no feathers ruffled.
A Roseate Spoonbill flew from a group at the far side of the pond to feed with this small group closer to me.
Flaps and feet down, wings wide down he dropped.
The line of birds already eating never looked up…
even when the new arrival nearly crashed into the line.
Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 23. 2020
A Roseate Spoonbill was looking out over a marsh from his perch in this gnarly tree.
As we passed he started a series of stretches.
All in preparation for liftoff, straight up and not quite was I was expecting.
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.
They circled the area, staying low.
A few of the Spoonbills went right over my head before settling in another connected impoundment.
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.
They had other ideas about cutting their flight short but gave me a nice fly-by show.
Maybe they already had breakfast.
Then they disappeared into the distance.
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
August 6, 2020
A Turkey Vulture swooped right over me with his distinctive “wing fingers” fully extended. I love to see these vultures in flight, they are exceptionally graceful and agile in the air.
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.
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.
He didn’t go very far and when I rounded a corner on the trail he was in front of me again.
- I was peaking through some pond side vegetation trying to get a clear view of this Great Egret standing on an old wharf pilon.
Foot up, I thought he might fly.
First a minor adjustment… who saw that?