Like many people I am fascinated by Pelicans. Owls and Pelicans are the birds that generally get the most attention.
The fact this many Pelicans are so active, in a single place, still amazes me.
As I was shooting these photographs the Playboy was still docking and not yet tied up.
They were actually turning the boat to point back out, the holding tanks must be on the other side.
The above was taken from my new vantage point where I could photograph the dock, stern of the boat, and still see the side with drains.
Notice the Pelican making his way to land on the boat. Egrets were already on the deck.
Once the boat is tied and unloading begins all the birds will push and shove for a good spot.
One of my favorite in flight shots is the Brown Pelican in a glide.
When riding the air like this they can be surprisingly fast.
There’s just no effort at all.
This scene can repeat itself for hours. I think it’s based on the tide, and the fishing boats of course.
I grabbed this shot just as the male on the right dropped his stick. The other bird made no move to take it.
Both still have the green lore around their eyes, signs of mating, but no real nest building. There was an old one nearby though.
Maybe this is practice for next year ???
One of the last new hatchings for 2021, I’m pretty sure.
As the nesting Herons get smaller in size the degree of difficulty catching them in flight goes up. And yes, they are faster. However they have another trick, erratic flight.
Black-crowned can make a tiny shift in their wings and that’s the end of your focus. They twist in flight, even if heading to a spot straight ahead.
This bird gave me a break and flew right past.
Black-crowned are among the last of the wading birds to breed. Even with this ‘longer’ season end of June should see rookeries empty.
I was able to catch these photographs as this shrimper made the turn past the entry buoy.
The pile following close behind was as big as any I’ve seen here.
There was no polite etiquette here, just grab a spot and see if something went overboard.
The Gulls were not bothered by the bigger Pelicans. In fact they may have done better.
They looked to be having a hard time keeping their eyes open. I’m guessing late afternoon nap time.
This statue sits on a small dry island in a plantation pond. The pond and statue have been there for a very long time.
Many people don’t even notice the statue.
However, the small herons seem to like it.
Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina.