Category Archives: Heron

Tricolored, Ashley River

This was at the start of a long circular dike along the Ashley River. A few trees, some long dead, hang over the water making a favorite rest stop for these herons.

Tricolored, Ashley River
Tricolored, Ashley River

At this point the bird was hot and gasping. Me too.

Tricolored, Ashley River
Tricolored, Ashley River

Walking by I grabbed these from different angles. I’m not sure I even stopped, there was shade ahead and that was my real goal.

Flight School, Little Blue Heron

Two Little Blue Herons flying in circles, because they can.

We call this ‘flight school’ since these are young Herons, still white and learning.

Flight School, Little Blue Heron
Flight School, Little Blue Heron

The adults teach them flight by keeping just ahead of the young ones while holding food.

Flight School, Little Blue Heron

Flight School, Little Blue HeronOnce older they fly in circles chasing each other. Fun to watch, hard to photograph.

Tall Grass And Tall Birds

Fall grass and reeds reached their peak height about now. Looking out over the marshes doesn’t give you an appreciation though until you have something in the shot for perspective.

Throw in a full grown adult Great Blue, at around 5 feet (1.5 meters), now it’s impressive.

Tall Grass And Tall Birds
Tall Grass And Tall Birds
Tall Grass And Tall Birds
Tall Grass And Tall Birds

I can tell you, when inside these marshes a person will see absolutely nothing around them.

Tall Grass And Tall Birds
Tall Grass And Tall Birds

Maybe that’s why you usually see the herons along the edges. They don’t want to wander in there either.

Night Heron

It’s not often a Yellow-crowned Night Heron gives you almost unlimited opportunities. This juvenile was comfortable on the trunk and I guess we were at a good distance for him.

Click here to view Ellen’s post of this trunk.

Night Heron
Night Heron

My shots here were taken at 3 different angles. I was walking up a trail across from him grabbing images as I went. I was expecting a flight shot at some point.

Night Heron
Night Heron

No flight shots, he was going no where. The trunk gave him an open view around the canal and marsh. He was going nowhere.

Night Heron
Night Heron

This day was much like others we have been having around Bear Island and the basin this year.  As always there were multiple single animal opportunities but no large quantities of flocking / migrating birds yet.

Bear Island, South Carolina.