Tag Archives: Birds in Flight

Great Blue Heron Stick Gathering

This Great Blue Heron opted to choose some nest building materials from the tree line where I was standing.

Great Blue Heron Flying Into Tree
Great Blue Heron Flying Into Tree

After a tricky landing he walked along a good sized branch while poking for loose material.

Great Blue Heron Selecting Stick
Great Blue Heron Selecting Stick

After discarding a few options he pulled an acceptable branch free and flew back to the nest.

Great Blue Heron Flying With Stick
Great Blue Heron Flying With Stick

Great Egret Flight

Even though we are seeing a lot of flower color around the swamp the trees are still mostly dull grey and brown. The island where this Great Egret took off has a few green palm trees which gave this flight shot some color.

Great Egret in Flight
Great Egret in Flight

As he flew over the open water the background wasn’t nearly as interesting so I edited it to be darker, giving a nice view of the Egret’s wing tips and layers.

Great Egret in Flight
Great Egret in Flight

As he approached his destination, a tree closer to the edge of the pond, the Egret started to pull up for landing.

Great Egret in Flight
Great Egret in Flight

Forster’s Tern

I’ve watched several Forster’s Terns the last few times I’ve been to the rice field impoundment. They are incredibly acrobatic in flight, twisting and turning, then swooping down to the water to go after small fish.

Forster's Tern
Forster’s Tern

They are quite striking birds, even in non-breeding plumage. When they’ve make the turn and loop back for another run at the pond is the best opportunity to photograph them.

Forster's Tern
Forster’s Tern

And did I mention they are fast? This is the best I got this day for a dive.

Forster's Tern
Forster’s Tern

If they pick up a small fish with their feet they quickly pass it to their mouth and down the hatch it goes.

Forster's Tern
Forster’s Tern

Juvenile Bald Eagle

I spotted this juvenile Bald Eagle circling the rice field pond a couple of times,  then he put his feet down. I thought I was going to capture a landing.

Juvenile Bald Eagle
Juvenile Bald Eagle Coming in for Landing

He changed his mind! A pair of adult Eagles use this area daily, and generally the juveniles are not welcome to share. I waited and watched thinking maybe one of them was approaching. If so, I did not spot it.

Juvenile Bald Eagle
Juvenile Bald Eagle

Junior circled the pond one more time then landed in a pine tree further down the edge of the pond. If I hadn’t seen him land I wouldn’t have known he was there. He stayed put for longer than I stood waiting for him to make another move.

Juvenile Bald Eagle
Juvenile Bald Eagle

Great Egret, In Flight

Great Egrets spend a lot of time standing and watching. Occasionally one in a group decides to relocate; this one took a loop over the pond. There were a number of Alligators and Vultures sunning along the bank.

Great Egret Flying Over Pond
Great Egret Flying Over Pond, Alligator in Water

The bank slopes up to one of the dikes we often walk on and there is another canal just on the other side.

Great Egret Flying Over Pond
Great Egret Flying Over Pond

This Great Egret kept on going over the dike and down into the marsh on the other side.

Great Egret Flying Over Pond
Great Egret Flying Over Pond