Tag Archives: Wading Birds

Yellow-crowned Night-heron Overhead

Since posting¬†Yellow-crowned Night-heron at Nest a few weeks ago I’ve discovered there is at least one more pair nesting around this pond.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

The adults not doing nest duty often perch in the trees that line the pond.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

This one selected a spot right over the walking trail. I don’t know which nest he’s associated with.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Both nests I’ve spotted are tucked into vegetation and you can just see a glimpse of an adult laying on the nest. Incubation period is just over three weeks so we should be seeing some chick movement soon.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron on Nest
Yellow-crowned Night-heron on Nest – center of image

Green Heron Posing

Green Herons tend to be shy and I was rather surprised to get a series of images of this one out in the open.

Green Heron Landing
Green Heron Landing

He landed on a dead tree hanging over a pond.

Green Heron on Stick
Green Heron on Stick

Over a couple of minutes he turned

Green Heron on Stick
Green Heron on Stick
Green Heron on Stick
Green Heron on Stick
Green Heron on Stick
Green Heron on Stick

Boynton Trail, Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
June 29, 2019

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Hunting

A juvenile Little Blue Heron poked along the edge of a pond in between some Cypress knees looking for a meal.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

He quickly swallowed a couple of small finds.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron, Late blooming red Azalea

After a bit he flew up onto a bridge railing and showed off his mottled blue coloration. Sometime in their second year the Little Blues become fully blue.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-heron at Nest

Luck and being aware of movement play a role in nature photography. I happened to catch this fellow moving and only when I got a little closer and peered around some limbs could I tell it was a Yellow-crowned Night-heron.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

I was then surprised to see a nest, with a nice curtain of Spanish Moss on one side and leaves on the other.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

There were two adults present and after a bit one of them stepped out for a photograph or two.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Great Egret, Precarious Nest Position

The Great Egrets have chosen some different spots to nest this year, including this one that I can almost touch from the nature trail.  I saw two eggs a few days before I took these images.

Viability of any chicks is at risk from alligator raiding, hawks, and the likely probability of human intervention.

Great Egret on Nest
Great Egret on Nest, Skinny Tree in the Background, Late afternoon sun

S/he does have a wonderful view of the pond. Although I’m not sure they notice, there is also some entertainment in the skinny tree off to her left with a GBH nest and at least one Anhinga nest.

Great Egret on Nest
Great Egret on Nest

Back-lit by the setting sun, the Egret was firmly in place when I walked back past the nest.

Great Egret on Nest
Great Egret on Nest

Great Blue Heron Catching Fish

Great Blue Herons are known for stealthy, slow hunting.

Great Blue Heron Fishing
Great Blue Heron Fishing

This fellow defied the norm when he caught and swallowed three fish in a matter of two or three minutes.

Great Blue Heron Fishing
Great Blue Heron Fishing

The long feather sticking up is part of the breeding plumage.

Great Blue Heron Fishing
Great Blue Heron Fishing

He is likely eating for a family. The adults fly back to the nest then regurgitate the food for the chick(s).

Great Blue Heron Fishing
Great Blue Heron Fishing

It will take a lot of these little fish to sustain the adult and chicks.

Great Blue Heron Fishing
Great Blue Heron Fishing