Tag Archives: Wading Birds

Tricorlored Heron Dance Steps

I’ve documented theĀ Tricorlored Heron Dance before, most recently just about a year ago. Today’s heron was in a pond that was draining on the opposite side of a small dike from last year’s post.

Tricorlored Heron
Tricorlored Heron

These herons go from standing completely still to few skips across the water.

Tricorlored Heron Dance
Tricorlored Heron Dance

This time he completely lifted off.

Tricorlored Heron Dance
Tricorlored Heron Dance

Then in a matter of seconds was stock still again.

Tricorlored Heron
Tricorlored Heron

The water was jumping with little fish that the heron seemed to be following but he didn’t make any selections.

Green Heron on a Branch

A lot of vegetation at the edge of the ponds is thick and tall as we go into the height of summer, obscuring a good view of the smaller herons as they forage.

Green Heron
Green Heron

I was able to peak through some tall grasses at this Green Heron after he hopped up onto a dead branch hanging over the water.

Green Heron
Green Heron

I moved a little further along the path and the Heron took up a different position on the branch, and the water in the background took on a different hue.

Green Heron
Green Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Wading

I came upon a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron slowly wading at the edge of a pond. These herons tend to be skittish but this one seemed intent on his hunt, slowly and methodically advancing.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

This was my first visit to this pond and it was nice that the reeds and grasses at the edge were short enough to see over. However, all the bird reflections were interrupted by the grass stubble.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

A Green Heron dropped in to share the space.

Green Heron and Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Green Heron and Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Then the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron made his exit.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

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

Great Egret Triplet Chicks

The chicks have little control over their movements, they flop around the nest fighting to stay upright.

Great Egret Triplet Chicks
Great Egret Triplet Chicks

I marvel every year I watch this that any of them manage to stay in the nest.

Great Egret Triplet Chicks
Great Egret Triplet Chicks

The adults never take action to reign them in, but do provide some protection when they are this age from attackers.

Great Egret Triplet Chicks
Great Egret Triplet Chicks

5/22/2019

Great Blue Heron Chick Test Flight

This Great Blue Heron chick took a test “fly – hop” from the branch above his nest and over his sibling.

Great Blue Heron Chick Test Flight
Great Blue Heron Chick Test Flight

The sibling was less than impressed, but the flyer seemed pretty pleased with himself.

Great Blue Heron Chick Test Flight
Great Blue Heron Chick Test Flight

He liked it so much he climbed back up to the top and flapped his wings in the breeze.

Great Blue Heron Chick Test Wings
Great Blue Heron Chick Test Wings

I didn’t see him lift off again; he was content to watch the world from a higher vantage point.

Great Blue Heron Chick Test Wings
Great Blue Heron Chick Test Wings