Walking By, Roseate Spoonbill

The Spoonbill walked through a rice field the other day doing the typical digging around for small prey.

Walking By, Roseate Spoonbill
Walking By, Roseate Spoonbill

They like to walk along while turning their beak back and forth through the shallow water. This stirs up anything that may be in front of them.

Walking By, Roseate Spoonbill
Walking By, Roseate Spoonbill

I’ve seen them go the entire length of a marsh sifting all around.

Walking By, Roseate Spoonbill
Walking By, Roseate Spoonbill

ACE Basin.

Spoonbill By Charleston’s Cooper River

These were taken the first week in September and promptly went to the ‘black hole of photographs’. No reason I can think of since I, like most people, enjoy the big pink birds.

Spoonbill By Charleston's Cooper River
Spoonbill By Charleston’s Cooper River
Spoonbill By Charleston's Cooper River
Spoonbill By Charleston’s Cooper River
Spoonbill By Charleston's Cooper River
Spoonbill By Charleston’s Cooper River

I think the tide was pulling the water back out to the river. This is not a place I would usually associate with Spoonbill, I always think big marshes.

Spoonbill By Charleston's Cooper River
Spoonbill By Charleston’s Cooper River
Spoonbill By Charleston's Cooper River
Spoonbill By Charleston’s Cooper River

For photographers who don’t want to venture out to places in the ACE Basin they can wander close to home and maybe get a few shots.

Outside Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston.

Tricolored Passing

Not the fastest in flight but certainly not the slowest.

Tricolored Passing
Tricolored Passing
Tricolored Passing
Tricolored Passing

He popped up out of a marsh and came past me instead of going the logical path… the other direction.

Tricolored Passing
Tricolored Passing

I think I was at an odd angle here turning as he went by.

Tricolored Passing
Tricolored Passing

You don’t get to pick the how you would like it. Actually there are times we just skip an opportunity for one reason or another.

Of course that’s at the end of the day when the gear feels twice as heavy.

Looking Over A Marsh

Looking out, and down. The important item is looking ‘down’ from a hill.

This may be one of the highest spots around. For normal environments this means nothing.

We are the Lowcountry…. sea level.

Looking Over A Marsh
Looking Over A Marsh

Maps show this spot at an altitude of 75 feet. A mountain !

We do shoot higher locations though Click here to view

Searching For Treats, Spoonbill Style

This is the perfect Spoonbill feeding spot. Small fish and insects must be right here. Fresh water and swampy, who could ask for more.

Searching For Treats, Spoonbill Style
Searching For Treats, Spoonbill Style
Searching For Treats, Spoonbill Style
Searching For Treats, Spoonbill Style

A Black-bellied Whistling Duck sat on the side just watching them work.

Searching For Treats, Spoonbill Style
Searching For Treats, Spoonbill Style

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