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Snowy Egrets On The Move

A mixed bag of wading birds was feeding in this pool of water at the side of an old rice field pond.

Incoming Snow Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis
Incoming Snowy Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis

Most of the birds were concentrating on feeding, but a few Snowy Egrets were busier coming and going.

Incoming Snow Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis
Incoming Snowy Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis

This one came in for full spread landing.

Incoming Snow Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis
Incoming Snowy Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis

And almost immediately another took off.

Exiting Snow Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis
Exiting Snowy Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis

Curses on the mud blob ruining this reflection.

Exiting Snow Egret, Over Wood Storks and White Ibis
Exiting Snowy Egret, with Wood Storks and White Ibis

Good for me, the flight path he took crossed some clear water.

Exiting Snow Egret
Exiting Snowy Egret and reflection

White Ibis and Snowy Egrets

Startled or just looking for a better spot, a small flock of White Ibis with a few Snowy Egrets mixed in flew from the back of the pond to right in front of me.

White Ibis and Snow Egrets
White Ibis and Snow Egrets

I worked my way a bit closer and watched as the Ibis picked in the mud.

White Ibis and Snow Egrets
White Ibis and Snow Egrets

The Snowy Egrets, one with his eye on a small Alligator, didn’t seem so inclined to get dirty.

White Ibis and Snow Egrets, and an Alligator
White Ibis and Snow Egrets, and an Alligator

Snowy Egret, Coming Through

A number of Snowy Egrets are nesting on a nearby island, along with some Little Blue Herons, Great Egrets and Anhinga. This fellow couldn’t seem to find a satisfactory spot to land and took a swoop out over the pond.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

He put his landing gear down, but the water is a little too deep right here for them and those few sticks in the water wouldn’t have held him up.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

Ah, a precarious perch, but all mine.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

He assessed the situation back on the island…

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

and gave it another try.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

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