Tag Archives: Birds in Flight

Wood Stork Flying Over Marsh

Wood Storks have a wingspan of 60 to 70 inches  (150-175 cm) and despite their overall prehistoric look they are quite elegant flyers.

Wood Stork In Flight
Wood Stork In Flight

He wasn’t going far, so he stayed low over the marsh grass.

Wood Stork In Flight
Wood Stork In Flight

In the right light you can see the pretty green tones in the Wood Stork’s dark feathers.

Wood Stork In Flight
Wood Stork In Flight

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 29, 2021

Eagle Fly By

A pair of Bald Eagles had been buzzing the pond where I captured the Great Egret Late Afternoon Flyby .

One of them ventured down the river and I got a nice view on his return a few minutes later. Knowing that he was probably coming back was a big help.

Bald Eagle Flying By
Bald Eagle Flying By

I was at the top of the hill above the pond, making his position almost eye level for me.

Bald Eagle Flying By
Bald Eagle Flying By

The timestamp on these three images shows they were within the same second.

Bald Eagle Flying By
Bald Eagle Flying By

Middleton Place, Charleston, SC
October 19, 2021

Roseate Spoonbill With a Stick

This Roseate Spoonbill really wanted to sit in the Spoony Tree with his stick. I didn’t see him arrive, but think he just flew up from underneath the tree.

Roseate Spoonbill With Stick
Roseate Spoonbill With Stick In the Spoonie Tree

Who knows why, it’s not breeding season yet and he doesn’t look like he’s of breeding age based on still having pin feathers on his head.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick
Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick

He took off when the Cormorants started squawking at him.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick
Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick

The Anhinga was not impressed when he came right back.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick
Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick

He headed across the dike, where he promptly landed in the mudflats and abandoned the stick for some fishing.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick
Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
December 25, 2021

American White Pelican Taking Off

Seeing an American White Pelican lift off from the water is an impressive sight.

American White Pelican Taking Off
American White Pelican Taking Off

A couple of wing flaps and a small splash

American White Pelican Taking Off
American White Pelican Taking Off

and they are airborne.

American White Pelican Taking Off
American White Pelican Taking Off

This time the Pelican wasn’t going far, he lifted up over this hummock and landed on the other side, out of my sight.

American White Pelican Taking Off
American White Pelican Taking Off

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
December 25, 2021

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Taking Off

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

And he was on his way…

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Gracefully dropping off his perch…

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

I thought he was going out of my sight to the right.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

But I kept shooting… he surprised me by veering left, over the duckweed covered pond for one more good image.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Magnolia’s Audubon Swamp, Charleston, SC
October 18, 2021