Tag Archives: Birds in Flight

American White Pelicans in Flight, Closer Pair

Continued from American White Pelicans in Flight

Some of the American White Pelicans flew closer to me as the others circled around.

American White Pelicans in Flight
American White Pelicans in Flight
American White Pelicans in Flight
American White Pelicans in Flight
American White Pelicans in Flight
American White Pelicans in Flight
American White Pelicans in Flight
American White Pelicans in Flight

Both Sexes (From All About Birds)
Length: 50.0-65.0 in (127-165 cm)
Weight: 158.7-317.5 oz (4500-9000 g) — that’s 10 to 15 pounds!!
Wingspan: 96.1-114.2 in (244-290 cm)

Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center, SC
Visitation is by guided tour only, managed by SC Department of Natural Resources
November 22, 2022

American White Pelicans in Flight

A large number of American White Pelicans were feeding in the old rice field ponds at the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center on Tuesday. They took off in small groups, circled around and resettled a bit further away from us.

American White Pelicans in Flight
American White Pelicans in Flight
American White Pelicans in Flight
American White Pelicans in Flight
American White Pelicans in Flight
American White Pelicans in Flight
American White Pelicans in Flight
American White Pelicans in Flight

Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center, SC
Visitation is by guided tour only, managed by SC Department of Natural Resources
November 22, 2022

Snow Goose

We spent the night at an ocean front hotel on Pawleys Island to be closer to the starting point of our Tuesday adventure at Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center. While enjoying coffee on the balcony and hoping for sunrise images a Snow Goose flew by. Surprise!

Snow Goose Flying By, Blue Morning
Snow Goose Flying By, Blue Morning

Later that morning at Tom Yawkey a flock of at least eight Snow Geese flew by.

Snow Geese
Snow Geese

The flock formed a V and disappeared.

Snow Geese
Snow Geese

Human access to the barrier islands that make up the Tom Yawkey property is limited, making it an excellent  stopover and wintering ground for many migratory birds.

November 22, 2022

Great Egret, Up and Away

I expected this Great Egret to fly as soon as I saw him nestled in the marsh grass, thinking I had startled him.

Great Egret in Marsh
Great Egret in Marsh

I watched, and waited, and waited. Then I looked away for a few seconds …

Great Egret Lifting Off From Marsh
Great Egret Lifting Off From Marsh

…and sure enough, lift off was happening, and away he went.

Great Egret Flying Over Marsh
Great Egret Flying Over Marsh

Botany Bay Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 14, 2022

Move Along Great Egret

In another scene from dull Friday morning, a Great Blue Heron routed a Great Egret out of his spot.

Great Blue Heron and Great Egret
Great Blue Heron and Great Egret, Snowy Egret in the background

A Snowy Egret watched, unmoved.

Great Blue Heron and Great Egret
Great Blue Heron and Great Egret

While the Great Blue Heron executed a perfect landing.

Great Blue Heron and Great Egret
Great Blue Heron and Great Egret

The Great Egret let out a few squawks and went on his way.

Great Egret
Great Egret, Tricolored Heron tucked into the grass

The big pond, Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
November 4, 2022