Tag Archives: Water Bird

Gallinule Family

Gallinules announce their presence vocally so I knew there were some nearby when I walked the dike around the old rice field pond at Magnolia a couple weeks ago.

Gallinule Family
Gallinule Family

I finally spotted some…one adult, two older juveniles and a few chicks. There are at least three chicks under the larger birds, and two more to the left in the reeds.

Gallinule Family
Gallinule Family

Interestingly the young chicks have the orange beak of a mature adult, but as they get older they turn all grey.  Of course with six or more birds they are never all looking the same way at once.

Gallinule Family
Gallinule Family

The banks of the dike are overgrown most of the way around limiting view into the water.

August 4, 2020

Yellow-crowned Night-heron and Friends

Maybe not friends, but tree-mates. This dead tree stands on the banks of the Ashley River and is popular perch for a variety of birds.

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

I have been watching some Yellow-crowned Night-herons that are nesting at the edge of a nearby pond. This one stayed here, perhaps getting a respite from nest duty, for over an hour.

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

The Anhinga and Grackle came and went. The sky stayed grey.

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

Wood Duck Family With Turtle

Alligator ramps around the pond provide a fairly safe and dry spot for the Wood Duck ducklings to dry off and preen.

Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle
Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle

The Yellow-bellied Slider seemed oblivious to their occupation of his sunny spot.

Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle
Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle

Mama Wood Duck stayed in the water, patrolling for safety. Other times I have observed this there has been a Wood Duck drake nearby, also on alert, but I did not see one this time.

Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle
Wood Duck Chicks and Turtle

Land and Turn

Pelicans don’t look that agile, but you can see by the landing trail in the water that this fellow executed a 90 degree turn as he was hitting the water. I suspect he saw something for lunch!

Brown Pelican Landing
Brown Pelican Landing

We are on day two without internet service but I can log into WP admin with our spotty cell phone data service. I found this post in my drafts from February 2018. I have no idea what my plan for it had been but this seems like a good time to finish the post. I’m still amazed at the way Pelicans can fly and dive.

Anhinga With a Catch

Anhinga fish under water and often bring their catch to the surface and eat while they are swimming, flipping the fish around and swallowing it head first. This fellow may have tried that before climbing onto the alligator ramp.

Anhinga With Catch
Anhinga With Catch

He was having trouble dislodging the fish from his beak.

Anhinga With Catch
Anhinga With Catch

The ramp seemed like a convenient tool to work the fish free.

Anhinga With Catch
Anhinga With Catch

Or so he thought.

Anhinga With Catch
Anhinga With Catch

I missed the resolution this time. More than once I’ve seen the fish drop  over the side after all that hard work.