Tag Archives: Birds in Flight

Roseate Spoonbill Flying By

A pair of Roseate Spoonbills approached the pond where I was watching the White Pelicans and dropped low for a landing.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying By
Roseate Spoonbill Flying By

I focused on the bird in the lead as he circled towards the back of the pond.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying Over Pond
Roseate Spoonbill Flying Over Pond

He kept right on going passed a Great Blue Heron.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying Over Pond
Roseate Spoonbill Flying Over Pond, Great Blue Heron Watching

The pair landed with a couple of White Ibis and immediately began feeding.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying Over Pond
Roseate Spoonbills with White Ibis pair

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
November 28, 2019

Black Skimmers Buzzing the Beach

The noise of a flock of birds reached my brain as I was concentrating on some Willets in the beach surf. Ah, Skimmers!

Black Skimmers in Flight
Black Skimmers in Flight

I diverted my attention and dropped down to my knees, hoping the flock would show off their skimming skills right in front of me.

Black Skimmers in Flight
Black Skimmers in Flight

Alas, they had other ideas.

Black Skimmers in Flight
Black Skimmers in Flight

And soon disappeared from my sight.

Black Skimmers in Flight
Black Skimmers in Flight

Early Morning Great Blue Heron

The sun was up but it was a hazy. A Great Blue Heron passed by with a few squawks, putting out his landing gear.

Great Blue Heron Landing
Great Blue Heron Landing

He scored a nice landing.

Great Blue Heron Landing
Great Blue Heron Landing

He only stayed a moment, perhaps rethinking being out in the open. Two Bald Eagles were patrolling the skies, and while the Great Blue would be an unlikely target they are keenly aware of the predators.

Great Blue Heron Landing
Great Blue Heron Landing