This Brown Pelican was coasting over the creek then rose up in front of this tree decked out for fall.
The White Pelicans put in their two cents when a pair of Great Egrets started a territory dispute.
The Great Egrets moved their squabble across the pond.
It’s hard to do much bickering when you land in the reeds–all attention on your touch down.
Wings out for elegant, if distant, landings.
A pair of Roseate Spoonbills approached the pond where I was watching the White Pelicans and dropped low for a landing.
I focused on the bird in the lead as he circled towards the back of the pond.
He kept right on going passed a Great Blue Heron.
The pair landed with a couple of White Ibis and immediately began feeding.
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
November 28, 2019
A small flock of Roseate Spoonbills took off from the rice field impoundment and headed towards a distant pond.
There didn’t seem to be any great alarm in their going and I hoped in vain they would circle back.
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
November 28, 2019
Ducks have been showing up around the various ponds I frequent and I was hoping for some decent in-flight views. The ducks had other ideas this day and kept their flight patterns close to the marsh grass.
A Great Blue Heron was a little more obliging as he winged past me.
One of the Gulls I was watching in post Gull Ballet successfully nabbed a snack from the water.
In no time a second Gull was in hot pursuit.
The first Gull picked up speed.
As they flew off he still had possession, probably trying to swallow it as they went.
The noise of a flock of birds reached my brain as I was concentrating on some Willets in the beach surf. Ah, Skimmers!
I diverted my attention and dropped down to my knees, hoping the flock would show off their skimming skills right in front of me.
Alas, they had other ideas.
And soon disappeared from my sight.
The sun was up but it was a hazy. A Great Blue Heron passed by with a few squawks, putting out his landing gear.
He scored a nice 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.
Tormentor of this photographer, that is. I often see them at my favorite wildlife management area, but somehow they are always a few wing beats ahead.
I get closer, and just as the the camera is halfway up, zoom…
And sometimes they aren’t Kingfishers at all.
After watching a Bald Eagle pair sit quietly in a tree for more than a half hour a photographer friend I was with said “you know as soon as we leave …”
And he was right.
I was fortunate to still have a clear view, if not the best focus.
Feet tucked up for flight, away he went.