Every spring there seems to be one Great Blue Heron that hangs out on the edges of Ravenswood Lake, likely a chick from last year that for whatever reason didn’t become part of a pair for this year’s breeding season.
Undeterred by humans passing by on the nature trail, this one prowls the banks.
On this morning he appeared to be just looking around, not actively hunting.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
April 20, 2023
Sometimes the nesting birds fly closer than I expect. I cut his wing off but still liked the image.
This paved path runs the length of Ravenswood Pond, home of the Skinny Tree, that I was watching when this GBH flew in. There is a lot of loose tree debris that is easy pickings and it’s just a few wing flaps back to the nest.
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, SC
March 5, 2023