Tag Archives: Nest

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

Fancy Nest Topper, Another Angle

It was the shape of the tree that caught my eye, from a few posts ago. Turns out, working through my images from that day I had some other shots.

Osprey Nest in Artsy Tree
Osprey Nest– looking like a straw hat, Osprey head just visible

Here’s a wider view.

Orlando Wetlands
Orlando Wetlands

There were several Osprey flying around.

Osprey Fly Over
Osprey Fly Over

This one was watching the water but I never saw him dive.

Osprey Fly Over
Osprey Fly Over

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Fancy Nest Topper

It was the shape of the tree that caught my eye, reminding me of a carved finial. The Osprey nest that looks like a straw hat was secondary. It was early and not much light, but there is an Osprey in the nest, the white on its head visible close to the tree trunk.

Osprey Nest In Twisted Tree
Osprey Nest In Twisted Tree

Orlando Wetlands, Florida
April 12, 2022

Bee Sculpture

The early morning sun was glinting off this hive, which¬† unfortunately was so high up I couldn’t get a sharper image.

Bees at Work
Bees at Work

I thought it was interesting with those lobes, and wondered if that was wax, or some sort of paper nest.

Bee at Work
Bees at Work

From the other side, if I had approached from the direction I probably wouldn’t have noticed it.

Bee at Work
Bees at Work

This last image is severely cropped, and not great detail, but notice how precise the cells are–an engineering marvel!

Bees at Work
Bees at Work

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
August 20, 2021

A Leaf, A Nest? What Is It?

When I took these photographs I thought these were dried leaves in an arty configuration. On closer inspection at home, I think there may be more to it as they are too precisely shaped.

Twig against the sky, two dangling unknowns
Twig against the sky, two dangling unknowns

Here’s a slightly closer view. It was quite breezy that day which may be why I didn’t get a closeup shot

Twig against the sky, a dangling unknown
Twig against the sky, a dangling unknown

I’m hoping to return to this spot soon, and to remember to look. If I do and they are there I’ll follow up.

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
February 3, 2012