Tag Archives: Nesting

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

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

This was my first time seeing Roseate Spoonbill chicks and I must say those little spoonbill beaks are quite cute. Those few sticks between me and them were a disappointment, but to be this close to a nest was pretty amazing.

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

Siblings.

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

Having a look around.

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

Testing out the gear.

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

From the boardwalk, St. Augustine Alligator Farm, FL
April 29, 2021

Close Quarters in the Rookery

A Snowy Egret landed in the fronds of a palm tree where a pair of Roseate Spoonbills had a nest.

Snowy Egret standing in front of Roseate Spoonbill Nest
Snowy Egret standing in front of Roseate Spoonbill Nest

The standing Spoonbill pushed at the Snowy Egret to move along. Not enough room here for all of us.

Snowy Egret standing in front of Roseate Spoonbill Nest
Snowy Egret standing in front of Roseate Spoonbill Nest

That didn’t work so both of the Spoonbills gave a squawk.

Snowy Egret standing in front of Roseate Spoonbill Nest
Snowy Egret standing in front of Roseate Spoonbill Nest

A double poke from the Spoonbills followed.

Snowy Egret standing in front of Roseate Spoonbill Nest
Snowy Egret standing in front of Roseate Spoonbill Nest

The Snowy Egret finally got the message.

Snowy Egret standing in front of Roseate Spoonbill Nest
Snowy Egret standing in front of Roseate Spoonbill Nest

Little Blue Heron, Nesting Material Workout

This Little Blue Heron was working really hard to separate a twig from a vine tangle.

Little Blue Heron Gathering Nesting Material
Little Blue Heron Gathering Nesting Material

And not having much success.

Little Blue Heron Gathering Nesting Material
Little Blue Heron Gathering Nesting Material

Hmm, maybe we need another plan.

Little Blue Heron Gathering Nesting Material
Little Blue Heron Gathering Nesting Material

Plan B was also not successful.

Little Blue Heron Gathering Nesting Material
Little Blue Heron Gathering Nesting Material

Oh, did you see that?

Little Blue Heron Gathering Nesting Material
Little Blue Heron Gathering Nesting Material

Tricolored Heron Breeding Plumage

Tricolored Herons were nesting at St. Augustine Alligator Farm at the end of April. They build their nests all over the boardwalk area and are easily viewed.

Tricolored Heron, Breeding Plumage
Napping Tricolored Heron, Breeding Plumage

This was my first time seeing one with the full breeding head plumage up.

Tricolored Heron, Breeding Plumage
Tricolored Heron, Breeding Plumage

The intense blue on the beak rivals that of a Little Blue Heron.

Tricolored Heron, Breeding Plumage
Tricolored Heron, Breeding Plumage

Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park hosts a wading bird rookery that formed on its own over the Alligator Swamp. Alligators provide protection from tree-climbing predators.

Red-headed Woodpecker

The Red-headed Woodpecker is a bird that I have only glimpsed, generally flying away from me. Then a few weeks ago I saw two in less than ten minutes!

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker

The second one, perhaps a mate to the first, tormented Ted and me with knocking that we could not locate. Who knew they could make such a racket inside a tree?

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker

Once out of the cavity he stuck to the shady side of the tree.

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker