Tag Archives: Snowy Egret

Startled American White Pelican

Something, or someone, startled this flock of American White Pelicans at the edge of the pond. They lifted off but didn’t go far, landing on a mud flat in the middle.

White Pelicans
White Pelicans

In less than five minutes they had all settled down and were mostly facing the same way. A larger number of Snowy Egrets, White Ibis and a few Wood Storks in the group behind them didn’t react to the alert or the Pelicans landing.

White Pelicans
White Pelicans

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area
February 10, 2020

Snowy Egrets Flying with Reflections

This tidal pond was fairly still, with a group of Snowy and Great Egrets having a feeding frenzy in the left corner as the water ebbed.

Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections
Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections

This pair of Snowy Egrets flew in to see what was happening, creating some interesting reflections. A few ripples in the water made doubles of part of the closer bird in this next image.

Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections
Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections

In this one I like how the closer bird is connected to the further bird’s reflection.

Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections
Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections

The ripple had a different effect here, making an S curve out of the closer leg reflection.

Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections
Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections

As the pair came closer to shore and started their landings some bushes ended by view.

Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections
Snowy Egret Pair with Reflections

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
January 1, 2020

Slow Bird Day at Donnelley

A Snowy Egret was striking a pose on a pylon overlooking a full creek. This was about the only wading bird activity I saw on this trip.

Snowy Egret on Pylon
Snowy Egret on Pylon

The water was very high on both sides of the dike leaving the “Spoony Tree” standing in water. The pond level was too high for wading birds to feed.

The Spoonie Tree
The Spoonie Tree with Anhinga and Great Egret

For comparison here is the tree a couple months earlier when there were some Spoonbills around and a few Alligators lounged in the shallow water. The dirt around the roots has washed away and the tree appears dead. It won’t be a surprise to find out this tree has fallen over.

The Spoonie Tree
The Spoonie Tree with Cormorant and Roseate Spoonbills, Alligators lounging below

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
First two images: 6/18/2019
Third image: 4/18/2019

Drama in the Spoonie Tree

In my last post, Snowy Egret, Blue Water, I mentioned that the Snowy Egrets can be feisty. This action took place in the “Spoonie Tree,” so named because the Roseate Spoonbills tend to gather there as a second Snowy Egret came in for a landing.

Spoonbill and Snowy Egrets
Spoonbill and Snowy Egrets

Even though their perches were several feet apart, the incoming Snowy Egret was considered an interloper.

Spoonbill and Snowy Egrets
Spoonbill and Snowy Egrets

He who was there first drove the second egret off.

Spoonbill and Snowy Egrets
Spoonbill and Snowy Egrets

After the action was over the Roseate Spoonbill had a quick squawk, but otherwise didn’t move.

Spoonbill and Snowy Egrets
Spoonbill and Snowy Egrets