Tag Archives: Birds in Flight

Roseate Spoonbills Flying Over Marsh

A small flock of Roseate Spoonbills was flying low over the marsh headed for a drained area just in front of me.

Roseate Spoonbills in Flight
Roseate Spoonbills in Flight

I was hoping they would land but they kept going.

Roseate Spoonbills in Flight
Roseate Spoonbills in Flight

And going, passing by the spot where some shore birds had gathered and I had a good view. They landed just to my right, behind some reeds.

Roseate Spoonbills in Flight
Roseate Spoonbills in Flight

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Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC, 10/20/2018.

Incoming Spoonbill

This was not the weather morning we were expecting. We got to the wildlife management area shortly after sunrise to find that the air was still and dense with no sign of the promised sunshine.

Roseate Spoonbills in Tree
Roseate Spoonbills in Tree

However there were a few Spoonbills in the spoonie tree so you know I took some images.

Roseate Spoonbills in Tree
Roseate Spoonbills in Tree

I thought this one was going to land on the left branch but he kept going to one that was already occupied.

Roseate Spoonbills in Tree
Roseate Spoonbills in Tree

The two Spoonbills on the left took no notice of his arrival.

Roseate Spoonbills in Tree
Roseate Spoonbills in Tree

Everyone Face Left!

Well, almost everyone.

As I was maneuvering to a spot where I could view the wading bird feeding frenzy I spotted this small group of egrets off to the side. They seemed focused on something to my right; the big group was further back and to my left. The weren’t interested in joining in with the others. Perhaps they’d had their fill.

Egret Gathering
Egret Gathering, Face Right, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret

When the larger groups from the huge flock took off it was pretty noisy, mostly from the wing beats. During one of those lift offs this group decided it was time to move on.

Egret Gathering Takes Flight
Egret Gathering Takes Flight

Tricolored Heron

A Tricolored Heron was perched on one of the wooden trunks along an old rice field dike. I think he was waiting on the sun, as was I, but we were to be  disappointed until later in the morning.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron on Rice Field Trunk

When the sun did pop out I saw another Tricolored Heron doing a fly by.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron in Flight

These small herons are more apt to erratically fly in my experience, darting into the reeds or chasing each other. This one had somewhere else to get to and went by with a smooth, steady flight.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron in Flight

Nature’s Spectacular, 2

As the wading birds from the feeding frenzy lifted lifted into the air some of them left, either individually or in groups.

Wood Storks in Flight
Wood Storks in Flight

A group of Wood Storks pulled away from the frenzied group and formed into a ragged line.

Wood Storks in Flight
Wood Storks in Flight

These storks circled and got a little higher then took off for a distant section of the marsh. They were soon replaced by another group that somehow got the word the fishing was good here.

Wood Storks in Flight
Wood Storks Flock in Flight, one White Ibis, one Snowy Egret along for the trip

Blue-winged Teals Over the Marsh

Last Saturday was a spectacular bird day at Bear Island Wildlife Management Area and these Blue-winged Teals were one of the many groups of birds I saw. The water had been lowered in some of the back ponds which attracts the wading birds, shore birds and migrating ducks.

The reeds at the edge of the canals are above my head in most places so I did not have a clear view of the teals until they took off.

Blue-winged Teals in Flight
Blue-winged Teals in Flight