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.
There’s still nesting activity in the rookeries. Seems a little late with some young still very small.
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.
Now this is a problem, he has no thumbs.
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.
Sooner or later the clam, the claw, or both will fall off.
Ellen and I both were out in the rain the other day, and caught this classic juvenile Egret just staring at it.
I admit to finding shelter rather than follow up with more images. Ellen is apparently more adventuresome.
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.
Great Egrets had already joined the crew at this point.
The Pelicans and Gulls were already making moves at the stern as she turned.
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.