Tag Archives: Water Bird

I’m Not Going To Look

What’s a Great Blue Heron to think when two gigantic American White Pelicans paddle into his space?

Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans
Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans

Don’t look, maybe they won’t see me.

Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans
Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans

Still not looking.

Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans
Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans

I’ll just turn a little.

Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans
Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans

Brown Pelican – Just Touching The Creek

Experts at riding air currents, Brown Pelicans are mesmerizing to watch.

Brown Pelican Gliding Over Creek
Brown Pelican Gliding Over Creek

This section of Shem Creek has piers on both sides that seemed to block the wind and the Pelicans stayed very close to the water.

Brown Pelican Gliding Over Creek
Brown Pelican Gliding Over Creek

Occasionally one would graze the water with just one wing.

Brown Pelican Gliding Over Creek
Brown Pelican Gliding Over Creek, Pier on Opposite Side

Anhinga Swimming Freestyle

I thought I might see this Anhinga dive and catch a fish. Instead she swam passed me, rhythmically arching her neck back and forth as she propelled forward.

Anhinga Swimming
Anhinga Swimming

And she dropped lower in the water.

Anhinga Swimming
Anhinga Swimming

I wondered

Anhinga Swimming
Anhinga Swimming

how low

Anhinga Swimming
Anhinga Swimming

would she go? And why didn’t she dive?

Anhinga Swimming
Anhinga Swimming

She was making steady progress and after a few more beats rose back up a bit and swam out of my sight scoring points for style but not getting any breakfast.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
Rice field canal
August 29, 2021

Bird Chaos at Bird Key

Hundreds of birds nested on Bird Key this summer and the land and sky were full of activity on this July day.

Bird Key Stono Heritage Preserve
Bird Key Stono Heritage Preserve

Most of the birds on land seen here are Brown Pelicans, the smaller white ones are chicks. The chicks were awkwardly walking, but not yet flying.  There were lots of Laughing Gulls that provided constant noise, and a few White Ibis mixed in.

Bird Key Stono Heritage Preserve
Bird Key Stono Heritage Preserve

On the outer edge of the island, the open Atlantic Ocean beyond, a sand bar has formed that was popular spot for preening.

Bird Key Stono Heritage Preserve
Bird Key Stono Heritage Preserve

Taken from a boat at Bird Key Stono Heritage Preserve
Between Kiawah Island and Folly Beach, SC

July 12, 2021

Gulls Took To The Air

Danger, danger, fly, fly!

Can you spot the Eagle?

Birds in the Air over Bird Key, Stono
Birds in the Air, Eagle is about 1/4 of way in from the left, one of the top birds

This island has a lot of advantages for nesting birds, but it is not without risk. This time the Eagle appeared to leave without a meal.

Birds in the Air over Bird Key, Stono
Birds in the Air over Bird Key, Stono, Mostly Laughing Gulls

About a half hour later it happened again. We were further away from the action and I didn’t capture the Eagle, but this view gives an idea of how many birds are nesting on this little island. And how unconcerned the Pelicans appeared.

Birds in the Air over Bird Key, Stono
Birds in the Air over Bird Key, Stono

Taken from a boat at Bird Key Stono Heritage Preserve
Between Kiawah Island and Folly Beach, SC

July 12, 2021

Common Gallinule Chicks

The Common Gallinule chicks I saw last week wandered in and out of some pond-side vegetation going through the water, and sometimes just plomping down to rest.

Common Gallinule Chicks
Common Gallinule Chicks

The top of this little one’s head with the orange peaking through reminded me of the old tv ads for spray on hair for men.

Common Gallinule Chick
Common Gallinule Chick

The whole family came together after doing some individual exploring.

Common Gallinule Family
Common Gallinule Family

June 8, 2021

Got Feet?

Common Gallinules are in the Rail family, and have feet more like a chicken than a duck.

Common Gallinule Chick
Common Gallinule Chicks

These juveniles looked a bit awkward when they were resting, with their feet having grown faster than the rest of their bodies.

Common Gallinule Chick
Common Gallinule Chick

They had no trouble getting around; I saw them walking through some grass.

Common Gallinule Chick
Common Gallinule Chick

And then into shallow water.

Common Gallinule Chick
Common Gallinule Chick

June 8, 2021