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Roseate Spoonbills, Another Opportunity

A few miles from where I hoped the Roseate Spoonbills, Would Come on Down I spotted another group with a few Great Egrets gathered in an old rice field impoundment. They took off before I got to a gap in the reeds where I could get an image.

Roseate Spoonbills and Great Egret Taking Off
Roseate Spoonbills and Great Egret Taking Off

They circled the area, staying low.

Roseate Spoonbills and Great Egrets Taking Off
Roseate Spoonbills and Great Egrets Taking Off

A few of the Spoonbills went right over my head before settling in another connected impoundment.

Roseate Spoonbill Overhead
Roseate Spoonbill Overhead

Roseate Spoonbills, Come on Down!

I was on a dike between two ponds, one of which was a perfect spot for these passing Roseate Spoonbills to land, at least to my eye.

Roseate Spoonbills In Flight
Roseate Spoonbills In Flight

They had other ideas about cutting their flight short but gave me a nice fly-by show.

Roseate Spoonbills In Flight
Roseate Spoonbills In Flight

Maybe they already had breakfast.

Roseate Spoonbills In Flight
Roseate Spoonbills In Flight

Then they disappeared into the distance.

Roseate Spoonbills In Flight
Roseate Spoonbills In Flight

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
August 6, 2020

A Spoonbill and an Ibis

No, they didn’t meet in a bar.

Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis

And when they did meet nothing happened, not even a glance.

Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis

They were just passing by.

Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis

In a couple of minutes they had both wandered to the left, searching the mud for lunch.

Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis, Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron in background

Lodge Pond, Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
August 16, 2020

Roseate Spoonbills, Framed and Not

This Roseate Spoonbill got pushed out of the community tree but found a nearby perch to re-group.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

This one dropped lower in the tree to get his own space, framed by the branches.

Roseate Spoonbill, Framed by Gnarly Tree
Roseate Spoonbill, Framed by Gnarly Tree

I’m sure I commented last year that I would never be surprised to see this tree had succumbed to the forces of nature but here it still stands.

January 916, 2020

A Spoonie Tree Full

We call it the Spoonie Tree because the Roseate Spoonbills often perch there, but it really is first come, first served and this year I’ve seen more Double-crested Cormorants than Spoonbills.

Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret

The Cormorants were just enjoying the sun and grooming, but the Spoonbills had a need to agitate.

Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret

Getting an image with all heads up didn’t work out that day.

Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorants, Snowy Egret

The Snowy Egrets came and went, mostly ignored by the others.

Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorants, Snowy Egrets

January 16, 2020
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC

Sunning by the Marsh Grass

It was a bit windy and cold on this late January day.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

The few wading birds that were around huddled up against the sun drenched marsh grass.

Roseate Spoonbills and Black-crowned Night Heron
Roseate Spoonbills and Black-crowned Night Heron

The Great Blue Heron needed space, the others, plus a Common Gallinule chose to stick together.

Great Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbills and Black-crowned Night Heron
Great Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbills and Black-crowned Night Heron