Category Archives: Birds

Close Up, Pied-billed Grebe

I would never even try to get this close to a small Grebe. Impossible would have been my other thought. They disappear underwater at the sight of a person, immediately.

Close Up, Pied-billed Grebe
Close Up, Pied-billed Grebe

I was photographing several Teals and this guy popped up from under the duck weed.

We both watched each other for a while, not sure who was more surprised. He never went under, just paddled away.

I hope I have a few more shots, this won’t happen again.

Pushing Food, Pelicans

This is a good example of how a group of birds drive fish ahead, in this case into the banks of a rice field.

Pushing Food, Pelicans
Pushing Food, Pelicans

These Pelican swim forward grabbing the fish as they move.

Pushing Food, Pelicans
Pushing Food, Pelicans

The fish keep ahead of the birds until they run out of water or against a shore.

A friend was photographing large flocks of Egrets using the same technique. They were so efficient the fish jumped out of the water onto the banks all around where she was hiding in the reeds. Large flocks become an eating machine.

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These flocks will move on when the fish are gone. The fish return with the tides and water flows between the marshes.

 

Wood Storks In A New Location

It wasn’t that long ago the Wood Stork was on the endangered list. Their numbers were dropping and could find less and less suitable habitats.

Wood Storks IIn A New Location
Wood Storks IIn A New Location

There are still plenty of problems but the Wood Stork is a success story. They are off the endangered list and extending their breeding grounds.

Wood Storks IIn A New Location
Wood Storks IIn A New Location

Recently changes were made to old rice fields in Charleston’s Magnolia Plantation creating a better flow of water levels. Within a few months adult Wood Storks started to show up in the marshes.

The fact they are adults is important. Breeding season starts soon and rather than being south of us already they are still here. It might be another group will create a local rookery nearby.

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