Tag Archives: Juvenile Bird

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

These Roseate Spoonbill chicks were about to get fed, and they were ready!

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks, both adults

There were at least three chicks, the two in the middle and check out the lower left corner:

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

The way the adult facing away from us kept poking down below her mate I wondered if there was a fourth chick out of my view.

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

A little wider view showing more of the palm tree.

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

St. Augustine Alligator Farm, FL
April 13, 2022

Great Egret Chick Pair, Prequel

After I posted Great Egret Chick Pair yesterday I remembered I had taken some pictures earlier this spring at their nest. They aren’t great images, but I thought interesting as part of yesterday’s story.

On April 29 the adult was laying on the nest, presumable incubating eggs. At that point based on previous years’ outcomes I didn’t have much hope for a productive nest.

Great Egret On Nest
Great Egret On Nest April 29

Then on May 17th I discovered the chicks had not only  hatched but grown enough to be visible.

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks May 17

I’d say a week to ten days old as a guess.

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks May 17

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
April 29 and May 17, 2022

Great Egret Chick Pair

Again this year a pair of Great Egrets attempted to raise a family in a pine bough just off the nature trail at Ravenswood Pond.

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks

Different this year is that they have had success, at least so far. Two years ago the eggs were not viable and last year there were two or three chicks but they did not live long.

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks, This bough hangs over the pond

Survival rate for chicks is pretty low, and looking at this flimsy nest you can easily identify a few dangers plus they have a number of predators.

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks

In the mean-time, these two have some shade…

Great Egret Chick
Great Egret Chick

and they look well fed.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
June 10, 2022

Brown Pelican Chicks

Ted and I went on the same guided boat adventure as last year to see the juvenile Pelicans at Bird Key Stono Seabird Sanctuary. This trip was much earlier in the young birds’ lives as they are still in the nests.

Brown Pelicans on Nests, Bird Key Stono
Brown Pelicans on Nests, Bird Key Stono

These pictures are taken from a bobbing boat; I did learn from last year and upped my shutter speed to 1/1600.

Brown Pelicans on Nests, Bird Key Stono
Brown Pelicans on Nests, Bird Key Stono

There are thousands of birds on this island right now, and as you might expect there were always some in flight. The parents have to go for food, and swoop in and out constantly.

Brown Pelicans on Nests, Bird Key Stono
Brown Pelicans on Nests, Bird Key Stono, Maybe a Cloudless Sulfer flying over

The chicks are still in the nests, which are collections of sticks/reeds, with the young being protected by an adult from the sun. As you can see in the center top a few are starting to move around.

Brown Pelicans on Nests, Bird Key Stono
Brown Pelicans on Nests, Bird Key Stono, Dragonflies

Laughing Gulls are also nesting here and were flying all over, constantly chattering.

Brown Pelicans on Nests, Bird Key Stono
Brown Pelicans on Nests, Bird Key Stono

June 1, 2022

Bird Key, not much more than a sandbar, is a barrier island that sits in the mouth of the Stono River, between Kiawah and Folly Islands.

Sandhill Crane Family On Walk

The Sandhill Crane family was on a walk when I passed by their marsh area.

Sandhill Crane Family On A Walk
Sandhill Crane Family On A Walk

The youngster, known as a colt because of their long legs, was curious about his surroundings but didn’t stray far from his parents. I didn’t see any sign that junior had started to fly, which happens around two months of age.

Sandhill Crane Juvenile
Sandhill Crane Colt

Sandhill Cranes are omnivores, poking around in the swamp and grasses for food.

Sandhill Crane Adult
Sandhill Crane Adult

The parents seemed to be more attentive than when I saw them two days before this.

Sandhill Crane Family On A Walk
Sandhill Crane Family On A Walk

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Red-shouldered Hawk With Chicks

A pair of Red-shouldered Hawks made their nest in a tree that hangs over the exit road at Magnolia Plantation.

Red-shouldered Hawk in Nest With Chicks
Red-shouldered Hawk in Nest With Chicks

With hundreds of treed acres available to them this seems like an odd choice with cars and pedestrians passing all day long.

Red-shouldered Hawk Nest
Red-shouldered Hawk Nest

That’s a frog leg sticking up by the hawk’s feet, soon to be breakfast for the chicks.

Red-shouldered Hawk with Frog
Red-shouldered Hawk with Frog, Sitting In Next Tree Over From Nest

The chicks were ready for their next meal.

Red-shouldered Hawk in Nest With Chicks
Red-shouldered Hawk Chicks

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
April 29, 2022