Tag Archives: Water Bird

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

Cormorant Take Off

A Double-crested Cormorant was standing on a post, flapping his wings, which of course got my attention.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

He dropped down as if he was going to spend some time in the water but then went into take off mode.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

His splashes reminded me of a skipping stone.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

Finally airborne, he disappeared down the canal.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area
March 9. 2020

American Avocets

I had to peek between the tall reeds around the pond  to get a limited view but it was still fun to watch these American Avocets feed.

American Avocets
American Avocets

Most of what they eat is very small so they have to spend a lot of time at it, methodically working back and forth.

American Avocets
American Avocets

These two made a striking sight across the pond, just standing around in the grass stubble.

American Avocets
American Avocets

Startled American White Pelican

Something, or someone, startled this flock of American White Pelicans at the edge of the pond. They lifted off but didn’t go far, landing on a mud flat in the middle.

White Pelicans
White Pelicans

In less than five minutes they had all settled down and were mostly facing the same way. A larger number of Snowy Egrets, White Ibis and a few Wood Storks in the group behind them didn’t react to the alert or the Pelicans landing.

White Pelicans
White Pelicans

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area
February 10, 2020

American Avocet Group

A quartet of American Avocets worked their way back and forth in the shallow water, feeding as they went.

American Avocets Feeding
American Avocets Feeding

The early morning light was behind them creating reflections in the still water.

American Avocets Feeding
American Avocets Feeding

Avocets eat little bits of things they find probing in the mud, generally unidentifiable bits from the photographer’s vantagepoint.

American Avocets Feeding
American Avocets Feeding

Pied-billed Grebe and Reflection

Pied-billed Grebes are mighty cute, always looking a little “baby faced.”

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

On this morning at the Ding Darling Wildlife Drive the water was still and the light very nice for reflections.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

Grebes seem to be in constant motion, quickly reversing direction as they search for prey in the water.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

This was one of those days that there was so much bird activity I missed a lot of action, including the fly in and landing of a pair of Grebes.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
January 5,2020