Category Archives: Birds

Young Great Blue Heron

I spotted this Heron near the Ashley River, in an old rice field.

Young Great Blue Heron
Young Great Blue Heron

The coloring and feathers led me to believe this is a first year bird.

Young Great Blue Heron
Young Great Blue Heron

There are no long chest feathers, even outside mating season there are still a few.  Also the head feathers look very short and smooth.

A guess, this is a bird from down river where there is a Heron rookery.

Young Great Blue Heron
Young Great Blue Heron

Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret

The shallows here erupted with schools of tiny minnows.

This Snowy Egret lost all sense of style and grace, instead he charged and chased them wildly.

Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret
Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret

The waters surface was bubbling with the activity.

Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret
Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret
Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret
Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret

I have no idea how many he caught but just on sheer perseverance it must have been plenty.

Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret
Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret

Last I saw he was still running and grabbing off into the marsh grass.

Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret
Chasing Tiny Fish, Snowy Egret

In general, a great show.

Ibis Slip By

Up until these shots I was having a good day getting sequences of White Ibis in flight.

Ibis Slip By
Ibis Slip By

These two came past so fast, or I wasn’t looking, that I only captured a single image of both.

The sky was dull and shooting high speed with a long lens means focus issues. I thought I had it all figured out until these guys.

Ibis Slip By
Ibis Slip By

 

Shake It Off, Tricolored Heron

A dark and damp day at this salt marsh. It wasn’t raining but it just felt wet.

Shake It Off, Tricolored Heron
Shake It Off, Tricolored Heron

If you are walking around in the windy water, you are wet.

Shake It Off, Tricolored Heron
Shake It Off, Tricolored Heron

The smaller wading birds were chasing after schools of minnows.

This was a great angle to get the small Heron in action.

Click any image for full size. The feathering details came out great.

 

Great Egret, A Barrier Island

Coastal South Carolina has a series of small islands, barrier islands, that run along the coast line. Some are close to the mainland, only small marshes between them, others are further out.

Wildlife preserves on some islands, here Cat Island, allow visits only at prearranged times, with rangers as guides.

Great Egret, A Barrier Island
Great Egret, A Barrier Island

While the state of South Carolina has it’s share of problems, wildlife preservation and conservation is among the best in the US.

Great Egret, A Barrier Island
Great Egret, A Barrier Island

Double-crested Cormorant, Portraits

I walked by, he sat and watched me.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

My lens was really too big for this close but I didn’t think it was a good idea to swap out while sharing the space with him.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

The bird was sitting on a cross beam of a wooden trunk apparently quite comfortable. Any other time I would never get this close, it would be invading his space. I’m pretty sure he invaded my space!

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

I did get the ‘keep walking along’ look from him though.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

Checking around for any fish was the primary focus.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

This was the first time being close enough to see the unique pattern around the eyes. Really pretty.