Tag Archives: Water Bird

Female Anhinga

A female Anhinga struck up a pose at the edge of a small pond. It was late afternoon with little sunlight reaching the water.

Female Anhinga
Female Anhinga

The reflections in the water changed considerable by my moving just a few feet and a small drape of fall colored leaves added some color.

Female Anhinga
Female Anhinga

A few steps further on and the leaves and some Spanish Moss competed for a frame around the bird.

Female Anhinga
Female Anhinga

Brown Pelican Show-off

I can’t help but smile when I see a Brown Pelican, they are just goofy looking birds.

Brown Pelicans on Dock
Brown Pelicans on Dock

Then, they do something even goofier looking.

Brown Pelicans on Dock
Brown Pelicans on Dock

South Carolina’s coastal bays and rivers are full of entertainment.

Brown Pelicans on Dock
Brown Pelicans, a Cormorant, a few gulls and terns on Dock

Open wide!

Brown Pelicans on Dock
Brown Pelicans, a Cormorant, a few gulls and terns on Dock

Story River, from a boat, September 13, 2019

Brown Pelican Showing Off His Feet

Brown Pelicans are fascinating to watch in flight, so graceful yet so prehistoric looking.

Brown Pelican Fly By
Brown Pelican Fly By

I thought this one was going to land and try to catch a fish. He dropped his feet.

Brown Pelican Fly By
Brown Pelican Fly By

But then he tucked them in as he glided over a school of jumping fish.

Brown Pelican Fly By
Brown Pelican Fly By

Fooled me again.

Brown Pelicans eat by either diving into the water and scooping food into their beak/pouch or sometimes by bobbing on the water and snatching up a fish, not by picking it up with their feet–I’m not sure what he was up to here.

Brown Pelican Fly By
Brown Pelican Fly By

Then it was landing gear up and away he went down the river, no lunch.

Brown Pelican Fly By
Brown Pelican Fly By

Black Skimmer Pair

One of the challenges in wildlife photography is choosing where to stand. Should I stay put or go to the next opening for a better view? Will the bird stay on the same path or veer to the left? Are there any Alligators nearby?

I saw this pair of Black Skimmers coming towards me along the edge of the pond.  My view was obstructed of their approach by the reeds.

Black Skimmer Pair
Black Skimmer Pair

I got lucky and they stayed together and moved into the center of the open water. I stayed put and got an aerial show.

Black Skimmer Pair
Black Skimmer Pair

I love to watch these birds fly and wonder when they are in pairs how they stay synchronized.

Black Skimmer Pair
Black Skimmer Pair

Their fishing is done by touch and when the Skimmer feels a fish in the water their heads snap down as they lift the prey.

Black Skimmer Pair
Black Skimmer Pair and Gallinule

Anhinga in Pine Tree

Just after the Juvenile Little Blue Heron flew off I realized he wasn’t alone in the trees above me.

Anhinga Overhead
Anhinga Overhead

This Anhinga was having a look around.

Anhinga Overhead
Anhinga Overhead

These views from underneath show off how sharp the Anhinga’s bill is, perfectly shaped for the way they spear fish under water.

Anhinga Overhead
Anhinga Overhead

After I passed by I turned for another image and a look at those amazing webbed feet, which you can see better if you zoom in.

Anhinga Overhead
Anhinga Overhead