Tag Archives: Birds in Flight

Floundering GBH Couple, Round 2

I arrived at the nest of the  Floundering GBH Couple a few days later just as they started to mate.

Great Blue Heron Pair Mating
Great Blue Heron Pair Mating

A quick love bite on the neck

Great Blue Heron Pair Mating
Great Blue Heron Pair Mating

Some tricky maneuvering among the limbs proved they have the mating part figured out

Great Blue Heron Pair Mating
Great Blue Heron Pair Mating

The male quickly flew off in search of nest material…

Great Blue Heron Going For Stick
Great Blue Heron Going For Stick

He promptly returned with a small offering…

Great Blue Heron Bringing Stick to Nest
Great Blue Heron Bringing Stick to Nest

…much to the female’s delight.

Great Blue Heron Bringing Stick to Nest
Great Blue Heron Bringing Stick to Nest

The nest is bigger than last week, but it still has a bit to go before it is family ready.

Startled Wood Stork

I didn’t see this Wood Stork until he took off; he had been tucked up to the edge of the pond right in front of me. He was so close I didn’t get his full wingspan.

Wood Stork Flying Away
Wood Stork Flying Away

He didn’t go far, touching down at the edge of a channel.

Wood Stork Touching Down
Wood Stork Touching Down

He immediately started feeding.

Wood Stork Feeding
Wood Stork Feeding

The spot didn’t seem to satisfy him.

Wood Stork
Wood Stork

Pretty soon he took off for further down the pond.

Wood Stork
Wood Stork

 

Great Egrets Doing Their Thing

A variety of birds were spread along the far side of the pond and many of the Great Egrets were just standing around while American Avocet and American White Pelicans came and went. This pair seemed to be on the lookout for something.

Great Egret Face-off
Great Egret Face-off

One did fly in and join the group. I suspect those posts are the remnants of a duck blind.

Great Egret Coming In
Great Egret Coming In

The Great Egret made the typical graceful landing and the others paid no attention.

Great Egret Coming In
Great Egret Coming In

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
February 17, 2021

Blue-winged Teals, Alert, Alert

I mentioned in my recent post Eagle: Fish for Dinner, that a pair of Bald Eagles has taken up a new flight pattern over the rookery pond.

Blue-winged Teals
Blue-winged Teals, Duck weed looking gold in the late afternoon sun

This causes the ducks all sorts of consternation and on this afternoon they alerted me to the Eagle’s presence.

Blue-winged Teals Flying Over
Blue-winged Teals Flying Over

I only know that these are Blue-winged Teals because I saw them before they took off.

Blue-winged Teals Flying Over
Blue-winged Teals Flying Over

The Eagle that I saw was long gone by the time this flock got into the air, possibly already having snagged his dinner at a different pond.

Blue-winged Teals Flying Over
Blue-winged Teals Flying Over

As a safety measure the ducks  circled the pond three or four times before landing again on the far side.

Blue-winged Teals Flying Over
Blue-winged Teals Flying Over

January 14, 2021

Great Blue Heron In Sticks

As the Great Blue Herons move into breeding season I see them often as Stick Gatherers as seen in yesterday’s post.

Great Blue Heron Standing in Tree
Great Blue Heron Standing in Tree

This one was just hanging out in a bare tree, soaking up the afternoon sun.

Great Blue Heron Standing in Tree
Great Blue Heron Standing in Tree

I had seen the Heron from the other side of the tree and was surprised he stayed put until I passed by.

Great Blue Heron Standing in Tree
Great Blue Heron Standing in Tree

He gave me a nice photo shoot, then moved on.

Great Blue Heron Flying
Great Blue Heron Flying

Great Blue Heron Stick Gathering

Another nesting season has begun for the Great Blue Herons and this male was on a mission to find some nest material.

Great Blue Heron Flying to Pond Edge
Great Blue Heron Flying to Pond Edge

You can see from looking at the stick selection on the ground around him that he should have considered going a bit further from the nest.

Great Blue Heron Looking for Nest Material
Great Blue Heron Looking for Nest Material

He eventually found a small stick.

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

The route to his nest in the skinny tree was into the sun so this isn’t much of an image but gives you the idea of the action. And that the skinny tree is still standing.

Great Blue Heron Flying to Mate in Nest
Great Blue Heron Flying to Mate in Nest

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
January 4, 2021