Tag Archives: Juvenile Bird

Make Way – Wood Duck Ducklings

I was quite surprised to spot young ducklings last week at Ravenswood Pond, thinking the season was past. I continued on my walk not expecting to see them again as they tend to make a beeline for the other side of the pond.
Wood Duck Ducklings
Wood Duck Ducklings

But, when I passed back by the ducklings were up near the shore. They quickly headed back out into the pond.

Wood Duck Ducklings
Wood Duck Ducklings

Which way?

Wood Duck Ducklings
Wood Duck Ducklings

They regrouped and stayed together for as long as I could spot them.

Wood Duck Ducklings
Wood Duck Ducklings

The mother didn’t show any concern.

Female Wood Duck
Female Wood Duck

For context, here is a pulled back view. Those ducklings are out there somewhere, tucked under the vegetation somewhere between mama and the juvenile Little Blue Heron.

Wood Duck - Where Are the Ducklings
Wood Duck – Where Are the Ducklings?

Brown Pelican Chicks On the Beach

These are a few more images of Brown Pelicans chicks showing the chicks interacting, very awkwardly.

Brown Pelican Adult and Two Chicks
Brown Pelican Adult and Two Chicks

Adult Brown Pelicans are somewhat awkward on land, and if you notice the feet you can see why.

Brown Pelican Adult and Two Chicks
Brown Pelican Adult and Two Chicks

 

As previously mentioned, I regret I didn’t use a higher shutter speed to offset some of the bobbing boat motion. The images are over-sharpened somewhat to try to make up for that, but I wanted to share them for the seldom seen chick behavior.

Taken from a boat at Bird Key Stono Heritage Preserve
Between Kiawah Island and Folly Beach, SC

July 12, 2021

 

Brown Pelican Chicks Getting Fed

Ted and I went on a guided boat adventure today that included watching juvenile Pelicans at Bird Key Stono Seabird Sanctuary, a significant nesting habitat for seabirds and shorebirds.

Two Brown Pelican Chicks Getting Fed By Parent
Two Brown Pelican Chicks Getting Fed By Parent

Taking pictures from a bobbing boat is a challenge and I regret I didn’t use a higher shutter speed. The chicks are very awkward walkers and not yet flying

Two Brown Pelican Chicks Getting Fed By Parent
Two Brown Pelican Chicks Getting Fed By Parent

Brown Pelican chicks feed a lot like the herons, with the young reaching down into the adult’s throat to get food, not the mouth pouch which is used to catch food.

Two Brown Pelican Chicks Getting Fed By Parent
Two Brown Pelican Chicks Getting Fed By Parent

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.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chicks

A fellow photographer pointed out this nest where he had seen three Yellow-crowned Night-heron chicks the day before. With the fuzzy head and how he was mostly laying down I’d guess a week or 10 days old.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chick
Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chick

After a bit the first chick and one nest-mate, rather camouflaged to the right in the twigs, stood up for a look around.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chicks
Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chicks

From a different angle a quarter of a way around the tree I spotted one chick. He looked older, but it’s hard to say for sure with the curtain of Spanish Moss.

If you zoom in you’ll see an eye of a second bird to the left of the standing bird, at nest-top level, just before the big clump of Spanish Moss.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chick
Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chick

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
June 27, 2021

Great Egret Chicks: Learning To Get Along

Other than getting fed juvenile wading birds don’t have much to do until they learn to fly. If there is more than one in the nest any siblings are fair game for attention and practicing life skills.

Juvenile Great Egret Chicks
Juvenile Great Egret Chicks, Adult Flying Off

In this case they didn’t pay any heed to their neighbors, which in turn, ignored them.

Juvenile Great Egret Chicks
Juvenile Great Egret Chicks

Even when the ruckus ramped up.

Juvenile Great Egret Chicks
If I Don’t Look It’s Not Happening

Great Egret Chicks: Feed Me!

Adult Great Egrets get quite a workout feeding their young, and all this after procuring something for them to eat.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

The chicks are aggressive about getting their share.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

You can hear the “feed me” chorus, which is how the photographer often knows there is action afoot.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

One more go at the regurgitation. I never saw the food, at this age it goes directly into the juvenile’s throats.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

That’s it, I’m out.

Great Egret and Two Chicks
Great Egret and Two Chicks

Common Gallinule Chicks

The Common Gallinule chicks I saw last week wandered in and out of some pond-side vegetation going through the water, and sometimes just plomping down to rest.

Common Gallinule Chicks
Common Gallinule Chicks

The top of this little one’s head with the orange peaking through reminded me of the old tv ads for spray on hair for men.

Common Gallinule Chick
Common Gallinule Chick

The whole family came together after doing some individual exploring.

Common Gallinule Family
Common Gallinule Family

June 8, 2021

Got Feet?

Common Gallinules are in the Rail family, and have feet more like a chicken than a duck.

Common Gallinule Chick
Common Gallinule Chicks

These juveniles looked a bit awkward when they were resting, with their feet having grown faster than the rest of their bodies.

Common Gallinule Chick
Common Gallinule Chick

They had no trouble getting around; I saw them walking through some grass.

Common Gallinule Chick
Common Gallinule Chick

And then into shallow water.

Common Gallinule Chick
Common Gallinule Chick

June 8, 2021

Young Great Blue Heron Practice Stalking

The bird from my post Young Great Blue Heron Stalking Lunch continued his stalking practice after dropping the stick.

Great Blue Heron Practice Stalking
Great Blue Heron Practice Stalking

He was in the shade at the edge of a pond with reflection of trees on the other side creating a dreamy look.

Great Blue Heron Practice Stalking
Great Blue Heron Practice Stalking

He poked at the water a few times, but I didn’t see any serious attempts to catch anything.

Great Blue Heron Practice Stalking
Great Blue Heron Practice Stalking

Mirror, mirror in the water…

Great Blue Heron Practice Stalking
Great Blue Heron Practice Stalking

…I wonder what he sees.

Great Blue Heron Practice Stalking
Great Blue Heron Practice Stalking

Young Great Blue Heron Stalking Lunch

A juvenile Great Blue Heron was stalking the edge of the pond where he has spent his life so far at Swan Lake and Iris Gardens.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron, Spots of Shadow From The Tree Above

At Swan Lake there are many swans that a young heron should be attentive to.

Great Blue Heron and Mute Swan
Great Blue Heron and Mute Swan

Perhaps this Mute Swan realized the heron was no threat as he didn’t get up as the stalking went on behind him.

Great Blue Heron and Mute Swan
Great Blue Heron and Mute Swan

The heron wasn’t much of a threat to any fish, either.

Great Blue Heron With Stick
Great Blue Heron With Stick

Ptooey!

Great Blue Heron Dropped Stick
Great Blue Heron Dropped Stick

Later in the morning I saw a parent bring him some food as he’s still learning how to catch his own.