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Black-crowned Night-heron Gathering

A flock of Black-crowned Night-Herons have been roosting around the big pond at Charleston’s Magnolia Cemetery.

 Black-crowned Night-Herons In Tree
Black-crowned Night-Herons In Tree

Every time someone walked underneath them, or sometimes for no apparent reason, they flew off.

Black-crowned Night-Heron Flying By
Black-crowned Night-Heron Flying By, Young Adult based on darker under wing color

A few minutes later they would fly back in ones and twos, putting on quite a show.

Black-crowned Night-Herons Flying By
Black-crowned Night-Herons Flying By, Adult on left, Juvenile on right

I’ve seen a few Black-crowned Night-Herons in this location before, but on Sunday estimated at least 30 to 40 birds. There may have been more that just staying tucked into the trees.

Black-crowned Night-Herons Flying Off
Black-crowned Night-Herons Flying Off

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron On Boardwalk

The two Black-crowned Night-heron nests I spotted at the beginning of May apparently failed as they disappeared shortly thereafter. There must have been at least one other nest in that little island as I almost literally bumped into this juvenile on Thursday standing on the nearby boardwalk.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron

He practiced rousing…

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron

… and showed me his beautiful wings.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron

A little unsure of himself, he hopped along before taking off back to the island.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron

Further down the path I had a view of him perched on a dead branch hanging over the water.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night-heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens re-opened on Friday for visitors to walk the property. We went for the first time today and this was the first bird I photographed.

A Black-crowned Night Heron was peering down into a tangle of an evergreen tree.

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron

Some flapping in the tree’s interior ensued and I could just see another heron laying on a nest. It also looks like there is another laying in the upper right of this image.

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron Nest

After some more flapping and moving about that I couldn’t see, one of the herons left.

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron

He didn’t go far at first, perching in a nearby tree before he flew off–probably to find a meal.

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron

Sunning by the Marsh Grass

It was a bit windy and cold on this late January day.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

The few wading birds that were around huddled up against the sun drenched marsh grass.

Roseate Spoonbills and Black-crowned Night Heron
Roseate Spoonbills and Black-crowned Night Heron

The Great Blue Heron needed space, the others, plus a Common Gallinule chose to stick together.

Great Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbills and Black-crowned Night Heron
Great Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbills and Black-crowned Night Heron

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron in Pines

A juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron was settled on a pine branch in the early morning sun.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron

The charring on the tree trunk is from last year’s prescribed burn, a process managed by South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources to reduce the risk of an uncontrolled wildfire.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron
Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron