Tag Archives: Reflection

White Ibis

White Ibis usually travel in groups but this one was by himself searching the edges of a small pond. There is a full tree canopy over the pond so not much direct light gets to the water, and the reflected light appears in  lots of colors.

White Ibis in Pond
White Ibis in Pond

Back and forth he went with an occasional sweep of the water with his beak, hunting for food.

White Ibis in Pond
White Ibis in Pond

Reflections of some Cyprus Knees and a few dapples of sunlight changed the look of the water as the Ibis moved along.

White Ibis in Pond
White Ibis in Pond

Little Blue Heron Hunting

A Little Blue Heron waded back and forth in a small, shallow pond, methodically hunting.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

Occasionally he stabbed the water, without success as I watched.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

Little Blues are all white when they hatch and around a year old start to transition to the full blue of adulthood.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

From the other side of the pond I had a back-lit view of the Heron as he continued to hunt.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

Pond Scenes

The water was still and the air was hot. A few gulls and terns occupied old posts standing in the pond while an Anhinga dried off on a stump.

Shore Birds on Posts, Anhinga in Background
Shore Birds on Posts, Anhinga in Background

Even though it was early morning when you expect to see the birds feeding there wasn’t much going on.

Shore Birds on Posts
Shore Birds on Posts

Trees and grasses on the other side of the pond made interesting reflections in the water.

Shore Birds on Posts
Shore Birds on Posts

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC, 8/12/2019

Tricolored Heron

Here are a few more Tricolored Heron images from last month when I saw so many.

Tricolored Heron In Flight
Tricolored Heron In Flight

This one wasn’t having much luck with his fishing but made nice water ripples and I liked the intersection of his beak with the reeds.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

The patient standing pose is common among the bigger herons and I often see the Great Blue Heron standing out in the open like this. The Tricolored Herons don’t seem to do it as often, tending to stick to the pond edges.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

Great Blue Heron

This section of the canal that runs around an old rice field at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens has recently been dredged and widened. Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Storm Irma in 2017, followed by Hurricane Michael in 2018 all pushed mounds of vegetation debris into this corner making it less attractive to the various wading birds that pass through.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

The upturned dirt has started to sprout reeds and a few Great Blue Herons have been hanging out on the edge.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

From the closest vantage point the background still looks a bit like a moonscape. It will be interesting to watch how the birds’ habits may change now that this water can freely flow.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

There were a couple dozen Tricolored Herons dotting the sides of the canal that opened into a small pond.  Some of them relocated as I approached.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron in Flight

Patient hunters, the Tricolored Herons will stare at the water a long time. This one had just stabbed the water for a fish creating a ripple.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron Hunting

As I walked further down the dike this one flew right over me, checking me out as he went.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron in Flight

Black Skimmer Threading a Canal

I had seen a Black Skimmer head down this canal and was ready when he made a u-turn and flew back towards me.

Black Skimmer
Black Skimmer

Impressive with their flight skills, this one made a sharp turn.

Black Skimmer
Black Skimmer

I was standing at a trunk on the canal which obscured my view for a few seconds as he passed by.

Black Skimmer
Black Skimmer

I was able to pick him up on the other side.

Black Skimmer
Black Skimmer

I’m not sure if they lift up off the water to check their course, but in just two seconds he was back to water level.

Black Skimmer
Black Skimmer

He dropped his beak into the water then my sight was obscured by reeds.

Black Skimmer
Black Skimmer

Out of a Rut

Ted and I have been visiting the Donnelley Wildlife Management Area regularly for almost three years. Somehow we always take the same few routes. The place is huge, just over 8000 acres, and yesterday we tried a new walking trail which starts in some woods overrun with mosquitoes then opens up to this!

Rice Field Ponds and Clouds
Rice Field Ponds and Clouds – click for larger view

The puffy clouds reflecting in the old rice field ponds were the perfect touch for some landscape photos. Several walkable dikes wind around the ponds and we saw a wide variety of birds, a few Alligators, and two Armadillos. And not another human being.

Rice Field Ponds and Clouds
Rice Field Ponds and Clouds – click for larger view