Tag Archives: Juvenile Bird

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Some of this year’s juvenile Little Blue Herons are still hanging around the swamp, now on their own. The parents have moved on, no longer providing meals.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

I was not expecting him to fly and he almost flew out of my frame. I liked the fall-ish background so kept the image even without much leading space in front of the bird.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Taking Off

He didn’t go very far and when I rounded a corner on the trail he was in front of me again.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Did You See a Sign?

Surely they didn’t mean us!

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Herons on Dock
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Herons on Dock, Ashley River, Charleston

A pair of juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Herons that flushed out of a tree when I passed by landed on a dock that sits on the Ashley River.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on Dock
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on Dock

The river is tidal and the tide was in so there would be no river bank fishing for this duo for several hours.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on Dock
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on Dock

Gallinule Family

Gallinules announce their presence vocally so I knew there were some nearby when I walked the dike around the old rice field pond at Magnolia a couple weeks ago.

Gallinule Family
Gallinule Family

I finally spotted some…one adult, two older juveniles and a few chicks. There are at least three chicks under the larger birds, and two more to the left in the reeds.

Gallinule Family
Gallinule Family

Interestingly the young chicks have the orange beak of a mature adult, but as they get older they turn all grey.  Of course with six or more birds they are never all looking the same way at once.

Gallinule Family
Gallinule Family

The banks of the dike are overgrown most of the way around limiting view into the water.

August 4, 2020

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School

The last few groups of this year’s juvenile Little Blue Heron are learning to fly.

It was a dull day and the adult Little Blue doesn’t show up that well, but it was fun to watch.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School

The little fellow wasn’t that interested. Maybe he knows this is the end of “food delivery by mama”.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School

After unsuccessfully trying to lure the youngster upward, finally the adult tried pushing.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School

Junior flew out onto a nearby branch. Now what do I do?

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School

A juvenile from another nest shows how it is done.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Flight School

Juvenile Common Yellowthroat

I saw movement but it took my eyes a few minutes to spot this little songbird staring back at me.

Juvenile Common Yellowthroat
Juvenile Common Yellowthroat

The Merlin Bird ID app tells me this is a Common Yellowthroat, to my eye looking a whole lot like many other young or female warblers.

Juvenile Common Yellowthroat
Juvenile Common Yellowthroat

He was on the hunt, jumping from branch to branch, checking behind these waxy leaves for bugs or worms.

Juvenile Common Yellowthroat
Juvenile Common Yellowthroat

I got a quick full body peek while he contemplated his next move, which was to zoom into the heights of this tree.

Juvenile Common Yellowthroat
Juvenile Common Yellowthroat

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

Will These Sticks Make a Nest? Yes!

In mid February I posed a question “Will These Sticks Make a Nest?”  with doubts about the whole thing staying put.

This is one of my images from that post showing the scrawny nest and poor housing support.

Great Blue Heron on Nest
Great Blue Heron on Nest – February

I’ve been back a couple times since then and seen the parents had built the nest up quite a bit and two chicks had hatched.

Juvenile Great Blue Heron
Juvenile Great Blue Heron in nest

I finally got some decent images this week.

Juvenile Great Blue Heron
Juvenile Great Blue Heron

There was just the one chick. Most of the other GBH chicks in nearby nests have fledged. Sometimes the young will return to the nest even after they are feeding themselves, probably for familiarity.

Juvenile Great Blue Heron
Juvenile Great Blue Heron

If this one hasn’t flown he will soon as the parents stop bringing food at some point and he’ll have no choice.

Juvenile Great Blue Heron
Juvenile Great Blue Heron