Tag Archives: Bird Photography

Night Heron Fly By

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.

Night Heron Fly By
Night Heron Fly By
Night Heron Fly By
Night Heron Fly By

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.

Night Heron Fly By
Night Heron Fly By
Night Heron Fly By
Night Heron Fly By

This bird gave me a break and flew right past.

Night Heron Fly By
Night Heron Fly By

Black-crowned are among the last of the wading birds to breed. Even with this ‘longer’ season end of June should see rookeries empty.

Crowd Of Pelicans

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.

Crowd Of Pelicans
Crowd Of Pelicans

There was no polite etiquette here, just grab a spot and see if something went overboard.

Crowd Of Pelicans
Crowd Of Pelicans
Crowd Of Pelicans
Crowd Of Pelicans

The Gulls were not bothered by the bigger Pelicans. In fact they may have done better.

Crowd Of Pelicans
Crowd Of Pelicans

Charleston Harbor.

 

 

Little Blue, Plantation Pond

This statue sits on a small dry island in a plantation pond. The pond and statue have been there for a very long time.

Little Blue, Plantation Pond
Little Blue, Plantation Pond

Many people don’t even notice the statue.

However, the small herons seem to like it.

Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina.

Quick Egret Shots

There’s still nesting activity in the rookeries. Seems a little late with some young still very small.

Quick Egret Shot
Quick Egret Shot
Quick Egret Shot
Quick Egret Shot

June should be the last of the chicks learning to fly, what we call ‘flight school’.

I shouldn’t be surprised. The changes in climate have made most of the old rules obsolete.

Ouch !

Now this is a problem, he has no thumbs.

Ouch !
Ouch !

Probably stepped on the clam, the clam slammed shut, and now it’s a wait and see.

In reality, this is not uncommon. It is rare for the bird to come by and give us such a perfect opportunity though.

Ouch !
Ouch !

Sooner or later the clam, the claw, or both will fall off.

 

The Crew Gets Larger

The Playboy, a commercial shrimper, was returning to unload the days catch. We were in the right place and I even caught the boat turning past the entrance buoy to the piers.

The Crew Gets Larger
The Crew Gets Larger

Great Egrets had already joined the crew at this point.

The Crew Gets Larger
The Crew Gets Larger

The Pelicans and Gulls were already making moves at the stern as she turned.

The Crew Gets Larger
The Crew Gets Larger
The Crew Gets Larger
The Crew Gets Larger

When she pulled closer I saw they had been cleaning scraps  and unwanted fish were going overboard. Pushing and shoving had already started… and they were still in the harbor.

Charleston Harbor