Tag Archives: Birds in Flight

Great Egret, Nest Material

A Great Egret was going back and forth the length of the pond gathering sticks for his nest.

Great Egret Flying With Nest Material
Great Egret Flying With Nest Material

He flew close to the water on quite a few trips, creating some reflection opportunities.

Great Egret Flying With Nest Material
Great Egret Flying With Nest Material

Along with some duck weed there was a variety of other vegetative flotsam floating across the pond.

Great Egret Flying With Nest Material
Great Egret Flying With Nest Material

April 2019

Duck Fly By

Something overhead startled this flock of ducks into the air.

Flying Duck Flock
Flying Duck Flock

Camera at the ready, I waited for them to fly closer to me, but they headed towards the back of the pond.

Flying Duck Flock
Flying Duck Flock

They circled around a few times, settled back into the water, then did it all over again.

Flying Duck Flock
Flying Duck Flock

With at least one Eagle in the area these ducks weren’t interested in being lunch.

Flying Duck Flock
Flying Duck Flock

February 10, 2020
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area

Little Blue Heron: Ready, Rouse, Gone

This Little Blue Heron landed on the boardwalk railing for a look around.

Little Blue Heron Standing on Railing
Little Blue Heron Standing on Railing

I hoped to get closer but knew when he “roused” he be taking off soon.

Little Blue Heron Ruffling on Railing
Little Blue Heron Rousing on Railing

And he did, flying quite close to me showing off his blue.

Little Blue Heron in Flight
Little Blue Heron in Flight

He didn’t go far, landing in the tall marsh grasses just off the boardwalk.

Little Blue Heron in Marsh Grass
Little Blue Heron in Marsh Grass

April 10, 2019
Shem Creek, Mount Pleasant, SC

Hovering Osprey

Two Osprey were flying over the Kiawah River while I was watching the Dolphins on Wednesday.

Hovering Osprey
Hovering Osprey

Osprey are expert hover / divers for fish in the water.

Hovering Osprey
Hovering Osprey

I did not see either of them dive but did enjoy watching the display of their flying skills.

Hovering Osprey
Hovering Osprey

In between stationery hovers they took advantage of the stiff breeze with seemingly effortless swooping.

Hovering Osprey
Hovering Osprey

Hi there!

Hovering Osprey
Hovering Osprey

Great Blue Heron Flying By

I saw this Great Blue Heron fly into the corner of the pond and expected to see him feeding.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

But he had other ideas and decided to fly back to his nest after just a minute or so.

Great Blue Heron Flying By
Great Blue Heron Flying By

He lifted above the wind blown duck weed in no time.

Great Blue Heron Flying By
Great Blue Heron Flying By

I was in a good spot in between to capture his flight to his nest on an island in the middle of the pond.

Great Blue Heron Flying By
Great Blue Heron Flying By, Water Spraying Off His Feet