Tag Archives: Water Bird

Canada Goose With A Treasure

I don’t see that many Canada Geese expect near housing developments, but a few have been hanging around the pond at Magnolia Cemetery recently.

Canada Goose With Treasure
Canada Goose With Treasure

This one entertained me with a stalk of vegetation that he seemed quite sure was valuable.

Canada Goose With Treasure
Canada Goose With Treasure

He carefully kept his back to his mate, clearly not looking to share this find.

Canada Goose With Treasure
Canada Goose With Treasure

In the end he dropped the whole thing back in the water, perhaps it was too tough or just not edible.

 

American Avocet

American Avocet aren’t the only birds in these images, but I haven’t seen one in awhile so thought I’d give them top billing. And I really like them with their snazzy color scheme.

American Avocet, American White Pelican, Great Egret
American Avocet, American White Pelican, Great Egret

I sure was hoping they would fly closer to my side of the pond.

American Avocet taking off, American White Pelican, Great Egret
American Avocet taking off, American White Pelican, Great Egret

Instead they disappeared on the other side of the marsh.

American Avocet taking off, American White Pelican, Great Egret
American Avocet taking off, American White Pelican, Great Egret

Tucked in a Hummock

The big pond at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area is dotted with these little islands covered with clumps of marsh grasses. Maybe not quite technically hummocks, as I’m not sure the ground is in a mound or if the grass is just thriving in a clump.

It’s not uncommon to see Black-crowned Night-herons tucked into the grass, but on this cold day they were joined by a Great Egret and a Double-crested Cormorant was bobbing in the water. I couple other Night Herons came and went while I was watching.

Birds Tucked Into the Grass
Birds Tucked Into the Grass

Look closely and those little blurs are Swallows zipping through the air. By 11:30 AM it had warmed up enough for insects to be active at the water surface.

Birds Tucked Into the Grass
Birds Tucked Into the Grass

These Swallows are fast!

Swallows Over Marsh Grass
Swallows Over Marsh Grass

Restless Great Blue Heron

This was the scene under the Spoonbill Tree at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area on a recent cold and windy morning. The Roseate Spoonbills were wisely at the back of the pond, tucked under a bigger tree.

Great Blue Heron, Gallinules, and Double-crested Cormorants
Great Blue Heron, Gallinules, and Double-crested Cormorants

A few Gallinules were popping in and out view and the Great Blue Heron seemed on the verge of doing something as he repositioned several times.

Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants
Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants

The GBH moved back into the water when a Great Egret appeared. This dead tree, which has been a great perch for a Roseate Spoonbills over the last few years,  has taken another step towards its end as another good size limb has fallen off this winter.

Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants
Great Blue Heron, Double-crested Cormorants, and a Great Egret

I was expecting the Heron to drive off the other birds the way he came back around the front of the island all puffed up.

Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants
Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants

But he decided to ignore whatever was going on behind him at least for the moment, as one lone gull paddled by.

Great Blue Heron, Double-crested Cormorants, and Ring-billed Gull
Great Blue Heron, Double-crested Cormorants, and Ring-billed Gull

February 4, 2021

Mute Swan Busking, 2

A few more images of the Mute Swan Busking , after he had moved further into the pond, but still displaying with his wings raised.

Mute Swan
Mute Swan

As the Mute Swan got further from me the reflection of the sky in the water was quite different and the sun created a nice rainbow in the fountain.

Mute Swan and Fountain
Mute Swan and Fountain

Lastly, a nice front view with a few drops of water from his beak.

Mute Swan
Mute Swan

Middleton Place, Charleston, SC
January 29, 2021

 

Mute Swan Pair On A Mission

Before I knew about swans using an elevated wing display for “wind assisted transportation” I thought these two Mute Swans might be getting ready to tussle.

Pair of Mute Swans
Pair of Mute Swans

They were moving pretty fast up the far side of the reflecting pond from where I stood.

Pair of Mute Swans
Pair of Mute Swans

Ah, then it became clear: a passerby was handing out snacks. And the two swans shared without any squabbling.

Pair of Mute Swans
Pair of Mute Swans

From the man’s behavior I suspect this is a regular routine. He threw a few tidbits to the waiting birds then went on his way.

Pair of Mute Swans
Pair of Mute Swans

Middleton Place, Charleston, SC
January 29, 2021

Mute Swan Busking

Busking not as in a street performance, but a threat display or the same posture used for “wind-assisted transportation” per Wikipedia.

Mute Swan
Mute Swan

The wind assist was not something I’ve seen described elsewhere, but there was a stiff breeze this day. Two Mute Swans were traveling the length of this 600 foot (185M) long pond in no time, so it would not surprise me.

Mute Swan
Mute Swan

A water performance and no tips expected, the Mute Swans at Middleton Place were very entertaining.

Cormorant Bouquet

This scene of a cattail, some pond-side greens, and a Double-crested Cormorant made me think of a bouquet.

Cormorant, Blue Water
Cormorant, Blue Water

I edged along the path to get a better angle and the Cormorant decided to relocate.

Cormorant, Blue Water
Cormorant, Blue Water

He wasn’t in any particular hurry, with a gentle splash he dropped into the water.

Cormorant, Blue Water
Cormorant, Blue Water

Then he headed toward the middle of the pond.

Cormorant, Blue Water
Cormorant, Blue Water