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Wading Together

Wading birds wade in some pretty dull looking spots. Despite the unattractive mud and decaying vegetation this duo created some interesting reflections.

Great Egret and Tricolored Heron
Great Egret and Tricolored Heron

They were not interacting in an obvious way and surely had no idea they made a lovely circle with their reflections.

Great Egret and Tricolored Heron
Great Egret and Tricolored Heron

They wandered back and forth but never got more than 8 or 10 feet apart.

Great Egret and Tricolored Heron
Great Egret and Tricolored Heron

Below is a wider view of their surroundings.

Great Egret and Tricolored Heron
Great Egret and Tricolored Heron

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1/9/2018

Tricolored Heron Looking Around

Making a noisy production of it, this Tricolored Heron flew past me  up the canal.  I saw where he landed but the pathway along this part of the old rice field is lined with a lot of trees so I didn’t expect to see him close up. I got a peeking view of him through some branches, expecting him to fly off any moment as they tend to be skittish.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

He stayed put even when I passed by to another vantage point that included his gorgeous reflection and more of the fallen tree that he perched on.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron with Reflection

He continued to stay put as I moved on and rounded the corner for yet another view that included some fall color.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron in fall landscape

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Tricolored Herons

A number of Tricolored Herons were hanging out around the dike surrounding the old rice fields this afternoon.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron perched above the water

The one below is probably older.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron and his reflection

The small herons are territorial and this one was making his presence known to an approaching Snowy Egret. The reeds on my side of the water kept me from photographing the egret.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron defending his spot

The egret kept on coming and pretty soon they both took off, squawking and flapping. They settled down in a new spot out in the reeds.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron in flight

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Tricolored Mud Pedicure

Staff periodically allow the water to drain out of the man made ponds they manage in the South Carolina Wildlife Management Areas. Any fish and other delectables for wading birds get concentrated in the remaining water pools for easy eating for the wading birds.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron
The mud that got exposed in the middle of this pond was thick and some of the smaller birds really had to work it to move along. This Tricolored Heron used his wings to help.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron applying a little wing lift to pull out of the mud.
I don’t know how the underside of this Tricolored Heron stayed so white.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron
Perhaps a surprise when landing, he didn’t seem to mind his feet and legs being coated. I didn’t see any of the birds in the area “shake it off” like a mammal might do.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron
In addition to providing easy meals to migrating birds, the roots of grasses and other non-welcome vegetation around the pond are exposed to the sun, dry out, and hopefully die back before water is allowed to flow back in.

Tricolored Heron Just Wanted Some Space

The Tricolored Herons are more solitary birds than some of the waders and we don’t see them as often as their larger relatives. This Great Egret landed almost on top of this Tricolor.

Tricolored Heron and Greet Egret
Tricolored Heron and Great Egret

The Great Egret was quickly followed by a Roseate Spoonbill. There must have been something good in the water.

Tricolored Heron and Greet Egret
Tricolored Heron, Great Egret, and Roseate Spoonbill

The Tricolored Heron selected another spot where he could have some room.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

There he was able to fish in peace, at least for a few minutes.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron