Tag Archives: Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill Pair and a Wood Stork

This Wood Stork was taking a break as two Roseate Spoonbills worked the shore behind him.

Roseate Spoonbills and Wood Stork
Roseate Spoonbills and Wood Stork

The water wasn’t attractive and the mud, well is mud. But there was a decent reflection.

Roseate Spoonbills and Wood Stork
Roseate Spoonbills and Wood Stork

And a Tricolored Heron photo bomber.

Roseate Spoonbills and Wood Stork, Tricolored Heron Flying By
Roseate Spoonbills and Wood Stork, Tricolored Heron Flying By

Perry Pond, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston SC
December 4, 2022

Roseate Spoonbill Adding Some Color

As is often the case with a large gathering of birds as seen in my previous post, it can be hard to know which action to watch.

Roseate Spoonbill and Great Blue Heron
Roseate Spoonbill and Great Blue Heron

A flying Roseate Spoonbill always takes precedence.

Roseate Spoonbill and Great Blue Heron
Roseate Spoonbill and Great Blue Heron

Many of the birds, like this Great Blue Heron, were just standing around.

Roseate Spoonbill and Great Blue Heron
Roseate Spoonbill feeding and Great Blue Heron, reflection of Great Egret at top

Finally the Roseate Spoonbill took a break from feeding. You can see he his young by the feathery fuzz on his head and those two-toned pink feathers on his rump.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

Perry Pond, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston SC
December 4, 2022

Wading Bird Frenzy

Earlier this fall I mentioned that the water was being drained from the big rice field pond at Magnolia in preparation for burning the invasive cattails. Conditions to start the fire didn’t come together before the approach of a late season hurricane  and with the potential for damage to the dikes from a storm management decided to let the water back in.

This past week they decided to try again. One of the staff told me they hope to burn by the end of December. In the mean time, wading birds have gathered to take advantage of easy feeding in the shallow water.

Wading Bird Frenzy
Wading Bird Frenzy

The alligator ramp in the upper right in the next photo would normally have water up to the lower end.

Wading Bird Frenzy
Wading Bird Frenzy

The Great Egret in the center caught a tiny fish, and a leaf.

Wading Bird Frenzy
Wading Bird Frenzy

It was a grey day so I didn’t get much contrast with all the white birds, but it was a fun show.

Wading Bird Frenzy
Wading Bird Frenzy

Perry Pond, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston SC
December 4, 2022

Everyone Has A Spot

The Snowy Egret and the Spoonbill took a break from harassing each other while the Great Egret was doing his own thing.

The Spoonie Tree:
The Spoonie Tree: Snowy Egret Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret, Alligators at the base

A closer look at the Alligators: it was warming up and they were looking for sunny spots out of the water.

Alligators Below the Spoonie Tree
Alligators Below the Spoonie Tree

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 16, 2022