Tag Archives: Wading Birds

GBH at Long White Bridge

The azalea blooms have gone by but the Long White Bridge is still a big attraction at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. On a recent afternoon this Great Blue Heron and I had the view to ourselves.

Great Blue Heron at Long White Bridge
Great Blue Heron at Long White Bridge

The heron slowly waded around the perimeter, creating a small ripple in the water. There was just enough breeze to move the entire surface of the water so no mirror-like reflections this time.

Great Blue Heron at Long White Bridge
Great Blue Heron at Long White Bridge

Great Egret Lift Off

I’ve commented before on birds’ desire to occupy the highest point. This applies even if it is just a clump of sticks in the pond. We’ve had a lot of wind lately and small branches and other debris is getting pushed around in the ponds. This Great Egret found an attractive twig collection to drop in on.

Great Egret
Great Egret

Then it started to sink and he took off, straight up into the air.

Great Egret Lift Off
Great Egret Lift Off

One flap of the wings and he was off.

Great Egret Lift Off
Great Egret Lift Off

Banking smoothly left he decided to try another spot.

Great Egret Lift Off
Great Egret Lift Off

GBH Chick Wingercizing

After checking that the danger had passed from the intruding Great Egret the Great Blue Heron chick fluffed his feathers back down to regular size.

Great Blue Heron Chick Wingercizing
Great Blue Heron Chick Wingercizing

Then he took the opportunity to wingercize, flapping his wings in preparation for learning to fly.

Great Blue Heron Chick Wingercizing
Great Blue Heron Chick Wingercizing

He didn’t lift off this time, but did do some single wing stretches to complete his work out.

Great Blue Heron Chick Wingercizing
Great Blue Heron Chick Wingercizing

Scram, Great Egret, 2

Either by instinct or from learning from a parent, this Great Blue Heron chick was defending himself from a Great Egret Intruder. This is the same nest in the Skinny Tree featured in Scram, Great Egret where the GBH adult was protecting his nest.

Great Blue Heron Chick Defending Himself
Great Blue Heron Chick Defending Himself

The chick made himself really big.

Great Blue Heron Chick Defending Himself
Great Blue Heron Chick Defending Himself

I suspect they’ve done this before and shortly the Great Egret went back to poking at sticks on the outer branches of the tree.

Great Blue Heron Chick Defending Himself
Great Blue Heron Chick Defending Himself

Wood Stork Patrolling His Domain

This is the first time I’ve seen a Wood Stork at this pond in the three years I’ve been visiting.

He’s standing on an Alligator ramp that is completely out of the water due to the pond being drained for repairs.

Wood Stork
Wood Stork

A number of wading birds were taking advantage of the low water, standing around where just the week before the water would have been up to the tops of their necks.

Wood Stork and Egrets
Wood Stork and Egrets

The Wood Stork was more interested in the platform itself.

Wood Stork
Wood Stork

The last image was taken a few days earlier when there was still a foot or so (30 centimeters) of water in the pond.

Alligator Ramp
Alligator Ramp