Tag Archives: Birds in Flight

Clear the Way for Great Blue Heron

The Wood Ducks were just hanging around in a quiet group until the incoming Great Blue Heron startled them into action.

Great Blue Heron Landing over Wood Ducks
Great Blue Heron Landing over Wood Ducks

The male Wood Duck was the first to go, quietly with just his wing flapping making noise.

Great Blue Heron Landing over Wood Ducks
Great Blue Heron Landing over Wood Ducks

The lower end of the ramp cleared.

Great Blue Heron Landing over Wood Ducks
Great Blue Heron Landing over Wood Ducks

The female Wood Duck at the highest point seemed like she was going to stay, but then thought better of it.

Great Blue Heron Landing over Wood Ducks
Great Blue Heron Landing over Wood Ducks and Turtle

The turtle was less motivated and held his ground.

Great Blue Heron Landing over Wood Ducks
Great Blue Heron Landing over Turtle

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Perfect Landing

Circling at low altitude, the Wood Stork loops several times looking for the perfect spot to drop down.

Wood Stork Landing
Wood Stork Landing

Found it! In this marsh of reeds and canals it was nice of him to pick a spot where I could see the ground.

Wood Stork Landing
Wood Stork Landing

Pay no attention to others in the landing zone.

Wood Stork Landing
Wood Stork Landing, using his tail for balance

Nailed it! A little ruffle and show off of the green wing tips and he was down.

Wood Stork Landing
Wood Stork Landing

The Snowy Egret never turned his head.

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Wood Stork Flying Low

The tide was nearly low and the wading birds were steadily gathering food in the condensed water at the edge of the marsh. A group of six or eight Wood Storks waded back and forth mostly with their heads down searching for fish.

Wood Stork Flight
Wood Stork Flight – Peak a Boo – click photo for larger view

As the water continued to drain, occasionally they would fly back to where the water was deeper.

Wood Stork Flight
Wood Stork Flight  – click photo for larger view

The moon-scape look of the exposed sand made this stork with his big shadow look even more pre-historic.

Wood Stork Flight
Wood Stork Flight with shadow and reflection  – click photo for larger view

Wood Stork in Flight

I’ve not had much success getting shots of the larger wading birds in flight with any context even with all the recent photography opportunities nearby. They are so big it’s hard to get a good angle that includes so much as a tree.

Wood stork in Flight
Wood stork in Flight

These photographs of a Wood Stork do give a sense of their wingspan, even with nothing else but the sky in the photos. And their subtle green color is shown off when the wings are flapping “down.”

Wood stork in Flight
Wood stork in Flight

Black-crowned Night-Heron Maneuvers

The Black-crowned Night-Herons have spread their nests around the rookery after spending a few weeks where I had spotted them last month. This may be to reduce the squabbling, which they are good at.

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron – Click photo for larger view

Getting into their nests after an outing is a challenge. They circle around the islands looking for a good landing spot.

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron  – Click photo for larger view

The landing sequence is typical of the other wading birds, generally looking like they might crash.

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron – Click photo for larger view

Unlike the Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons I have been watching, moments after they land they disappear into the shrubbery, often by hopping down a branch.

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron – Click photo for larger view

Like the Great Egrets, they continue to bring sticks to the nest. Because of the nest locations we may never see chicks until they are flying.

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron – Click photo for larger view

 

Great Egrets in Flight

On a recent trip to the rookery one some work was being done near a nesting area to remove some debris before the birds start their nests. A few Great Egrets treated us to an aerial show as they shifted around while work was in progress.

Great Egret in Flight – Click photo for larger view

The flights provided a variety of shooting opportunities, with various wing poses and backgrounds as the circled around to return to their spots.

Great Egret in Flight
Great Egret in Flight – Click photo for larger view

Coming in for a landing with a squawk:

Great Egret in Flight
Great Egret in Flight – Click photo for larger view

I am amazed by the ability of these huge birds to navigate through branches.

Great Egret Landing

A beautiful blue sky with fluffy clouds completes a classic flying shot.

Great Egret in Flight
Great Egret in Flight – Click photo for larger view

Photographed 4/10/2017, Charleston, SC.