Tag Archives: Juvenile Bird

Juvenile Little Blue Heron in the Flowers

This juvenile Little Blue Heron was just poking along in between the swamp sunflowers.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Their preferred hunting ground is in the water which was just behind this flower clump, but herons will eat insects and anoles found on dry land.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

This fellow in with the flowers was a nice picture, even if he didn’t find any lunch.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Tern and Chick

A large portion of the marsh behind Botany Bay Beach is cordoned off to keep humans from interfering with breeding shore birds. Their nests are nothing more than depressions in the sand and aside from the obvious egg destruction by human feet many of these birds just don’t like to be disturbed by man or his pets while raising their young.

Breeding season was over when I took these images but a few young stragglers were on the beach on August 4th.

Tern at the Shore
Tern at the Shore

This young tern didn’t seem to know what to do. The sun had just come up and he probably should have been looking for breakfast.

Tern Chick at the Shore
Tern Chick at the Shore

An adult was nearby, but I didn’t see them interact.

Tern at the Shore
Tern at the Shore

This may be the same young bird, I spotted a bit further down the beach.

Tern Chick at the Shore
Tern Chick at the Shore

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

Eastern Kingbird

Since I walked this path a month ago the water has been drained out of the pond behind this Eastern Eastern Kingbird.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

Dragonflies were hovering over the mostly dry pond bed and the Kingbird was taking advantage. He had a nice snack of what looked like an Eastern Pondhawk between these two images. Unfortunately swaying reeds on the bank ruined all images of that!

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

A chick joined the adult calling to be fed. The adult didn’t seem impressed and soon they swooped off together. Time for the juvenile to catch his own lunch.

Eastern Kingbird and Chick
Eastern Kingbird and Chick

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

I’ve stopped to watch Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in this marshy area several times this summer. One day last week a few were quite close to the walk way and were less skittish than on previous visits.

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Some of the chicks are nearly adult size but are still sticking close to a parent.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck Family
Black-bellied Whistling Duck Family

This one had been standing on the end of the of the walkway and decided to join the others…

Black-bellied Whistling Duck in Flight
Black-bellied Whistling Duck in Flight

…landing in the short greenery with the family group behind him.

Black-bellied Whistling Duck in Flight
Black-bellied Whistling Duck Touching Down

Juvenile Little Blue Heron: Wait For Me!

A juvenile Little Blue Heron learning to fly landed in a pine tree right above me when he veered away from the pond. I didn’t see the landing but it didn’t sound graceful as he flapped around.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

He wasn’t sure what to do next and the adult that had been leading him down the pond had kept on going.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

After a minute he figured out he’d been left behind and went off in the same direction as his parent and a sibling.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

We don’t have as good a view of the Little Blue Herons learning to fly this summer because of the position of the nests but the glimpses we get are entertaining.

Grackle Feeding Chick

I was busy watching a Green Heron when I realized there was a commotion going on in a nearby tree top.

Grackle Feeding Chick
Grackle Feeding Chick

The juvenile Grackle was calling out his hunger in a big way.

Grackle Feeding Chick
Grackle Feeding Chick

After delivering a good size insect the chick continued to call for more.

Grackle Feeding Chick
Grackle Feeding Chick

The adult was not persuaded to go after another round of food and stayed put, listening to the chatter.

Grackle Feeding Chick
Grackle Feeding Chick

Brown Pelican Chicks

Brown Pelicans nest on several islands that are really not much more than sand bars off the Charleston, SC coast. Storms and the tides shift the availability and viability of nesting sites from year to year. I had the privileged to observe one of these sites this morning, where the Pelican chicks are out of their nests but not yet flying or getting their own food.

This particular island was re-nourished with sand dredged from the Folly River last year with spectacular results for this year’s nesting Pelicans.

Brown Pelican Chicks
Brown Pelican Chicks

Shore access is not allowed during nesting season; these images were all taken from a boat at a shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second to help compensate for the boat movement.

Brown Pelican Chicks
Brown Pelican Chicks, Laughing Gulls looking on

It was a delightful outing and seeing these Pelican chicks was a real treat. This appears to be two sets of chicks, with the younger group testing out their bills in the water.

Brown Pelican Chicks
Brown Pelican Chicks

Black Australian Swans with One Cygnet

One Black Australian Swan pair had a single cygnet on my recent visit to Swan Lake and Iris Gardens.

 Black Australian Swans with One Cygnet
Black Australian Swans with One Cygnet

The youngster was all about practicing his swimming skills.

 Black Australian Swans with One Cygnet
Black Australian Swans with One Cygnet

He didn’t get too far from the parents, who were quick to catch up with him if he paddled off.

 Black Australian Swans with One Cygnet
Black Australian Swans with One Cygnet

Just a little ball of fluff, he exhibited no concern about forging ahead.

 Black Australian Swan Cygnet
Black Australian Swan Cygnet

Owned and operated by the City of Sumter, SC, Swan Lake Iris Gardens is home to all eight known species of swan.