Tag Archives: Birds in Flight

Cormorant Take Off

A Double-crested Cormorant was standing on a post, flapping his wings, which of course got my attention.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

He dropped down as if he was going to spend some time in the water but then went into take off mode.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

His splashes reminded me of a skipping stone.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

Finally airborne, he disappeared down the canal.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area
March 9. 2020

Tundra Swans Flying In

Waves of Tundra Swans flew into Mary’s House Pond at Bear Island, where the sky was cloudy to the south.

Tundra Swans

I heard them but didn’t spot them until they had gone by. They did a small loop closer to me but then banked away.

Tundra Swans

I caught this group approaching from the north, where the skies had cleared.

Tundra Swans

This one put his landing gear out long before the actual touch down, which ended up being on the far side of the pond.

Tundra Swan

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area
February 10, 2020

A Hop, Skip, and Jump

The sun was up but the light was dim this morning. This American White Pelican made a nice reflection in the pond as he effortlessly took off.

American White Pelican Taking Flight
American White Pelican Taking Flight

These Pelicans start the lift off without any notice, just lift their wings and go.

American White Pelican Taking Flight
American White Pelican Taking Flight

One more skip.

American White Pelican Taking Flight
American White Pelican Taking Flight

I thought he might settle back down the way he was dragging his feet.

American White Pelican Taking Flight
American White Pelican Taking Flight

Finally, clear of the water. The whole process was just a couple seconds.

American White Pelican Taking Flight
American White Pelican Taking Flight

Mary’s House Pond, Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC.

Snowy Egrets Flying with Reflections

This tidal pond was fairly still, with a group of Snowy and Great Egrets having a feeding frenzy in the left corner as the water ebbed.

Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections
Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections

This pair of Snowy Egrets flew in to see what was happening, creating some interesting reflections. A few ripples in the water made doubles of part of the closer bird in this next image.

Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections
Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections

In this one I like how the closer bird is connected to the further bird’s reflection.

Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections
Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections

The ripple had a different effect here, making an S curve out of the closer leg reflection.

Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections
Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections

As the pair came closer to shore and started their landings some bushes ended by view.

Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections
Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
January 1, 2020

Red-shouldered Hawk Day, Sighting 3

My third Red-shouldered Hawk sighting on Tuesday’s walk seemed less promising when I first spotted him in the distance.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

I was on my way out and the path I was on crossed under his perch.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

I got a close up view and then surprise!

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

I was focused on the hawk when he took off without warning and was pleased with getting a lift off sequence.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

American White Pelican Coming In

American White Pelicans have a nine foot (2.75 Meter) wingspan. They are surprisingly graceful and I watched many of them fly over a pond and land on a sand bar. Evidently only I was impressed; the other occupants of the sand bar never even looked up.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing

As he turned you can get a feel for how large these birds are in comparison to the Ring-billed Gulls,

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing

and the Cormorants standing around.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing

Once they hit land they tended to strut along a bit, quickly blending in with the rest of the gathering.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
December 24, 2019