Category Archives: Birds

Great Blue Returning To The Nest

These 3 photographs were taken at the end of day, the last of the good light.

Great Blue Returning To The Nest - click to enlarge
Great Blue Returning To The Nest – click to enlarge
Great Blue Returning To The Nest - click to enlarge
Great Blue Returning To The Nest – click to enlarge

There is no real golden hour at this part of the swamp. Light filters through trees from the west, then drops behind them and light suddenly is a problem.

Great Blue Returning To The Nest - click to enlarge
Great Blue Returning To The Nest – click to enlarge

However, for the last half hour of the day this entire side of the swamp is great. Now you just hope things are going on at the same time.

Black Swans And A Swamp

Black Swans were originally brought to Sumter, South Carolina for the Swan Lake park. The Swans liked the weather here, a lot.

Black Swans And A Swamp - click to enlarge
Black Swans And A Swamp – click to enlarge

The park now includes swamp land adjacent to the lake.

Black Swans And A Swamp - click to enlarge
Black Swans And A Swamp – click to enlarge

These Swans have young every year.

Black Swans And A Swamp - click to enlarge
Black Swans And A Swamp – click to enlarge

There are park rangers here who catch and relocate Alligators. Sumter is inland but there are still Alligators here. The biggest Alligator caught in South Carolina was near here. Almost 15 feet long. As big as a Toyota (I just looked).

 

Lift Off, Just A Little

A little rain didn’t stop either of us. The Heron went in the air (very little but it’s a star), and I got the shot.

Lift Off, Just A Little - click to enlarge
Lift Off, Just A Little – click to enlarge

This will build confidence and wing strength.

In this nest the bird might fly a short distance at first, over to the branches. Some young don’t have that option. The nearest place to land is further, and water (Alligators) in between.

Lift Off, Just A Little - click to enlarge
Lift Off, Just A Little – click to enlarge

Getting it right the first time is critical here.

Red-bellied Woodpecker Nest

The big Woodpecker holes were obvious, I just don’t think we expected one to pop out.

Red-bellied Woodpecker Nest - click to enlarge
Red-bellied Woodpecker Nest – click to enlarge

There is a little disagreement on whether this is the adult or an almost grown juvenile.

Red-bellied Woodpecker Nest - click to enlarge
Red-bellied Woodpecker Nest – click to enlarge
Red-bellied Woodpecker Nest - click to enlarge
Red-bellied Woodpecker Nest – click to enlarge
Red-bellied Woodpecker Nest - click to enlarge
Red-bellied Woodpecker Nest – click to enlarge

 

 

Great Blue Heron Young Watching Adults

These are not small birds any longer, probably can fly a little by now.

Great Blue Heron Young Watching For Adults - click to enlarge
Great Blue Heron Young Watching For Adults – click to enlarge

I took this while they were watching an adult from another nest landing. They were not overly excited so I guess they can recognize their own parents. Still, the adult meant food to them…a big interest at this age.

Little Blue Heron, Poor Choice To Land

He got away just fine, but a really bad idea. Sitting on the edge of a rookery is placing him right on the table.

Little Blue Heron, Poor Choice To Land - click to enlarge
Little Blue Heron, Poor Choice To Land – click to enlarge

More then one Heron or Egret has been grabbed by an Alligator right in that spot.

Little Blue Heron, Poor Choice To Land - click to enlarge
Little Blue Heron, Poor Choice To Land – click to enlarge
Little Blue Heron, Poor Choice To Land - click to enlarge
Little Blue Heron, Poor Choice To Land – click to enlarge

Nothing happened, I hope he doesn’t try it again.

I Think I Like This Flying Thing, Heron

Just because I can, flying loops and circles before returning to the nest.

I Think I Like This Flying Thing, Heron - click to enlarge
I Think I Like This Flying Thing, Heron – click to enlarge
I Think I Like This Flying Thing, Heron - click to enlarge
I Think I Like This Flying Thing, Heron – click to enlarge

This young bird has got the flying part figured out. Now the fun part, practice.

I Think I Like This Flying Thing, Heron - click to enlarge
I Think I Like This Flying Thing, Heron – click to enlarge
I Think I Like This Flying Thing, Heron - click to enlarge
I Think I Like This Flying Thing, Heron – click to enlarge

Loops and circles, back and forth.

I Think I Like This Flying Thing, Heron - click to enlarge
I Think I Like This Flying Thing, Heron – click to enlarge

This doesn’t mean he has left the nest yet. Back at the nest are the siblings and free food. They have to learn to hunt on their own.